By Kim PruettI had no idea what I was getting into. Before I left for Guyana, I knew that our residency was somehow connected to some hospital in Guyana and that many people in our department go there to help out. I wanted to go and help out too. In my mind, that was it. We go there to help. I had no idea what an amazing investment had been made in the people there or how integral Vanderbilt’s involvement was to the working of the Emergency Department of the Georgetown Public Hospital.
By Nastasha CorbittMost people would argue that the bare necessities include water, food, and shelter. Everything else is a bonus (well except sleep - I would argue sleep is essential too and hot water also, but I digress). Nonetheless, comparing the resources of the AIC Hospital in Kijabe to my home institution (Vanderbilt Medical Center) would be grossly unfair.
By Tosin AriyoOn my first day at work, the WHO-country representative fondly called ‘WR’, received a report of an outbreak on the outskirts of the capital where we situated. The outbreak was reported to have started near an elementary school in the Kanyama district (a slum on the outskirts of the city). The index case was an 11-yr old boy who died 3 weeks prior to the day the WHO received the outbreak notification. The index case was diagnosed post-mortem with Typhoid. Symptoms were: headache, fever, diarrhea and abdominal pains.
By Cameron Schlegel“Where’s your team?” the man asked. He was a surprising figure to see on this gray rainy day in Kijabe, standing about my height casually just off the middle of the road, looking onwards at the soccer, or as the rest of the world calls it, football game a few yards away. He was dressed well to be out in such weather, a formal black suit, collared shirt and tie, eyes lighting up as the orange and yellow teams chased the football from one side of the field to another amidst the big juicy rain pellets.
By Nastasha CorbittSo I'm in Africa. Kenya to be exact and more locally Kijabe ...7200 feet above sea level and 8000 miles away from home.
Kijabe actually means "place of the wind" and that's spot on.Every night I fall asleep to the sound of strong wind that almost sounds like the ocean tide.
By Tosin AriyoAs one of the frontier institutes of public health, the WHO is involved in its member countries’ activities towards improving and sustaining the health of its population; this serves to provide practical scenarios of how public health is implemented intra and inter-nationally.
On May 16-17, 2017, Hope Through Healing Hands took a team of Christian artists and pastors to Washington, DC, to meet with members of Congress and communicate their concerns about the devastating effects that would result from the severe budget cuts to foreign assistance funding proposed by President Trump. “More than 50% of Americans still believe that our foreign assistance amounts to 25% of the U.S. budget. In actuality, it is less than one percent,” said Jenny Dyer, Ph.D., Executive Director of HTHH. “If Congress accepts President Trump’s 28% cut to foreign assistance, the historic progress we have led over the past twenty-five years to prevent the deaths of mothers and children around the world will halt.”
On April 12, 2017, Jenny Eaton Dyer, Ph.D., executive director for Hope Through Healing Hands, discussed what advocacy really means with Jo Saxton on her Lead Stories: Lead Voices podcast series.
On March 15, 2017, Executive Director Jenny Eaton Dyer, Ph.D., joined Tyler Burns on the Justice Conference "Chasing Justice" podcast to discuss her important work at Hope Through Healing Hands.