It Takes a Village

Imagine the amount of space you have in an airplane seat. Now imagine yourself frantically scribbling knowledge about the health workforce and its implications for the global economy without a table. Meanwhile, a delegate from South Africa with twice the years of wisdom as you has kindly shared his earpiece with you to listen to…

Have a positive impact on everyone you meet

The 69th World Health Assembly has been inspiring on so many levels. As a public health student with a health policy concentration and no direct experience in global health I was skeptical about so many things at first. Could I keep up? Could global health really be more exciting? Would I take anything away from…

Learning doesn’t have to come from a book

This past week has been quite a whirlwind. As a non-official global health student (I am a pharmacy student doing a dual degree in public health with a Biostatistics & Epidemiology track), attending the World Health Assembly has been a dream, as well as a shock to see how much happens within the health arena…

A Day of Health, Human Rights and Global Strategy

May 25th’s agenda at the 69th World Health Assembly covered a wide range of topics; from preparedness, surveillance and response to programme budget and financial matters. Today, I had the opportunity to attend the technical briefing on Survive, Thrive, Transform: Implementing the Global Health Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. The briefing began with representatives from…

Cancer Care in the Middle East

Attending the 69th World Health Assembly (WHA) has been quite a humbling experience. There are so many leaders within the public health arena that are paving the way for international collaboration and progress forward. During my time at the WHA I was fortunate to attend a talk by Dr. Sawsan Abdul Salam Al Madhi from…

Where are the youth advocates for NCD prevention? Why are they silent?

  My second day experiencing the 69th World Health Assembly began with a brave admission from UNICEF’s Chief of Health, Stefan Peterson: “I used to be called a sausage with freckles.”  Within this sad, yet humorous line, Peterson relayed a powerful message that carried on throughout the rest of the day: health is not solely a product…

Obesity, Under-nutrition, and Jamie Oliver

My favorite side event at the WHA today was called: “Accelerating National Progress on Tackling Child Obesity and Under-nutrition in a Sustainable Way.” I’ll be honest, I decided to attend this event because one of my role models, Jamie Oliver, was a speaker.

The @WHO #WHA69 with @USCGlobalHealth

Today was so exciting as we kicked off the 69th World Health Assembly (#WHA69) at the Palais de Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Don’t get me wrong, it was a long and exhausting day, but seeing the World Health Organization (@WHO) in action is totally worth the 17-hour work day.

Nicaragua: What a Week Can Do

Many people have been asking me, “so how was your trip?” and, for the life of me, I cannot come up with a good response. I wish I could transfer my memories directly into their heads. It’s a lot to explain; it’s a lot to process. We landed in Nicaragua at night, and boarded a…

Ethical Dilemmas with Short Term Travel

If you’ve been following my journey, I just went on a 1-week trip to Nicaragua through USC’s chapter of Global Brigades. Coming back to the U.S. has been hard in a few different ways—adjusting to the different lifestyle, the LA culture, and different mode of operating. Another has been how to tell people where I…

A Trip to Nicaragua

Six hours ago, I finished my biology midterm; in six hours, I will be on my way to LAX to board a flight to Nicaragua.