Auriel August (’17) thought her work this summer in Tanzania might get off to slow start. Instead, she is making good progress as she studies lung function among HIV-positive children.
Navigating the health-care system in Nigeria isn’t easy for an outsider, says medical student Peace Eneh. So she has found ways to team up with local partners as she spends the summer conducting research.
This summer, medical student Auriel August (’17) is working with the DarDar Pediatric Program in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Just after finishing her first-year exams, medical student Peace Eneh headed to Nigeria to begin work on a global health project. She reflects on the mix of excitement and nervousness she feels as she takes on the challenge.
Despite the recent tragic violence and kidnappings in Nigeria, medical student Ayobami “Ayo” Olufadeji is determined to improve conditions in his home country. “The tide is turning in Nigeria and I believe we are on the brink of change—I am working to make sure that I am ready to do my part,” he writes.
Dr. Jean-Luc Nkurikiyimfura explains how the Human Resources for Health program is helping to rebuild the country’s health-care system with the help of Geisel and other U.S. medical schools.
“Growing up in Beijing, I was aware of the large number of poor and homeless people living in the streets but was taught to ignore them,” Mengyi Zha (’16) recalls. “I felt it was my responsibility to speak for the voiceless and advocate for the ignored, but it wasn’t encouraged.”
An unusual event while helping immigrants in the Arizona desert inspired Michaela Staley’s interest in global health and becoming a physician.
For the past two years, Dr. Jean-Luc Nkurikiyimfura has been collaborating with faculty at the Geisel School of Medicine despite working and living thousands of miles away. Nkurikiyimfura, who heads the HIV clinic at Kigali University Teaching Hospital in Rwanda’s capital, is part of the Rwandan Human Resources for Health (HRH) program.
As a child growing up in Los Angeles, Rosa Hernandez (’17) sometimes entertained the dream of becoming a doctor. She says her knack for relating to others in “lay terms” while simultaneously thinking in scientific ones, ended up being a perfect fit for her journey into the medical profession.