The Last Day

By Lisa Nguyen As quick as my time in Nairobi had begun it was about to come to a bitter-sweet end. I had one final day in Nairobi to collect 93 more surveys for my study. Due to the error of the following day, the Changamka team helped me phone and confirm the participants that were…

Traffic in Nairobi

By Lisa Nguyen Traffic has its moments of smoothness and blocked madness, its stops and go’s, just as all things in life. Similar to the chaotic traffic in Nairobi where the flow can never be predicted, my research project had come to an unpredicted halt on my second to last day in Nairobi; not that…

Journey to Kenya

By Lisa Nguyen When the idea was first proposed about getting involved on a team headed by the USC Institute of Communication Technology Management in collaboration with the USC Institute of Global Health to study Changamka, a Kenya-based micro-health insurance company, I never thought I would actually get to go to Kenya to meet and…

Mezungu diary…

By Deena Pourshaban Ole o tea friends! Lake Victoria, smiling kids, singing, dancing, traffic, chili sauce, chimpanzees, painting, sitting in the dark, a carbohydrate infused diet, education sessions, pit latrines, laughing, African concerts, Mpigi health center, our neighbors Subi and Jolly and ‘broccoli!’, are just a few words to describe my once in a life time…

Lovers’ Park lunch

By Ani Ginosyan On my last day of work, we went to have lunch at a beautiful café at Lovers’ Park (Siraharneri Aigi), which is located right across the street from AUA. This park has a smoke free playground for kids to play at, which was made possible by AUA’s Tobacco Control Team. This was amazing…

Recruitment begins!

By Ani Ginosyan Educational materials the 2010 clinical trial participants had received  Yesterday I recruited participants for my focus group discussion with the help of Arus Harutyunyan, MD, MPH.  Arus is part of the tobacco control team at AUA, and she was instrumental in familiarizing me with the database and offering me advice, support, and encouragement…

Coming to Armenia

Today is my first day in Armenia and I have already been exposed to a lot of second hand smoke everywhere. My uncle smoked inside the car on our way to the village from the airport, and everybody was smoking inside the house at my grandparents’ home. The weather was extremely cold in the village…

Children’s exposure to secondhand and thirdhand tobacco smoke in Armenia

This summer, I have the amazing opportunity of going to the American University of Armenia (AUA) in Yerevan, Armenia to conduct my very own research study on children’s exposure to secondhand and thirdhand tobacco smoke.  My mentor is Narine Movsisyan, MD, MPH, who is a senior researcher and leads all tobacco control projects at AUA’s…

MPH Panama Practicum 2013: Hasta Luego, Panama!

Sherrita Cobbs July 24, 2013 PANAMA 2013 Te amo Panama, que sin duda volver? a verte pronto. Ciao Panama!  Panama Canal Museum It was hard leaving Panama. The time that I spent in that beautiful country is an experience that has changed me forever. I have travelled to many international countries, but it is Panama…

MPH Panama Practicum 2013: It’s come to an end

Gurjinder Dosanjh July 24, 2013 I can’t believe it’s over, I got so used to being in Panama. Since I’ve been back, everyone has been asking me how it was and what Panama is like. I don’t even know where to begin, I was just so impressed with Panama. It was nothing like I had…

MPH Panama Practicum 2013: Panama Comes to an End

Phillip Daneshgar July 23, 2013 My journey at Panama has finally come to an end. These past two weeks have been some one of the most eye-opening, inspiring, and educational trips I have ever been on. Most recently, my group and I have taught young elementary students how to perform and pronounce English words for…

MPH Panama Practicum 2013: Panama, Oh Panama

Divina Palomares July 23, 2013 The last couple of days in Panama were extremely breathtaking and full of surprises. Our last field day was the best! After visiting a farm where there was a previous case of encephalitis, we went out into a community and observed some food and sanitation inspections AND got to fumigate!…