MA international development
What are you doing now?
I am in my first year as a PhD student in the Maternal and Child Health Department at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. Before starting my doctoral studies last fall, I worked in Tanzania for a year as a research analyst with the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance in Tanzania, through a fellowship program called Global Health Corps.
How did the GHA program prepare you for you current position?
GHA gave me the skills to understand some of today's most pressing and complex global health problems within the context of international development. The professors in GHA also served as incredible mentors to me and played a huge role in encouraging to pursue my interests in research and maternal health through a PhD.
Were there any projects you worked on while at GHA?
- I organized the AIDS candlelight memorial my first year with the student global health group Sante. This event commemorates and honors people living with HIV/AIDS and those who have died from the disease.
- I helped to organize a week-long series of events to raise awareness about the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The week included events all over campus and culminated in a talk given by Guy Lumumba, son of Congo's first president, Patrice Lumumba.
- I spent a month in Ethiopia working on a research project for Peter Van Arsdale, field testing rapid assessment ethnographic techniques in a rural Ethiopian village.
- Finally, I spent 6 weeks in Nigeria at a hospital working with the director of a repair center for obstetric fistula researching the epidemiology and socio-demographic characteristics associated with fistula patients at the center.
For more information about Angie's time in Tanzania, please see the blog she kept while there.