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Learning about challenges facing top-tier hospitals: part 1 of 2

May 4, 2012 - 12:30pm
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My visit to this premier university hospital and my conversations with both the senior administrator and diabetes educator were so rich that I have broken my visit into two blog entries. The first entry covers my interview with the senior administrator who is also head of the endocrinology department. The second entry covers my interview with the diabetes educator, my impressions, and the overall... Read More

From Quality Operations Pfizer to Quality Consultant PharmAccess, Tanzania

April 27, 2012 - 12:30pm
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Greetings from Tanzania!  Selected as part of this year’s class of Fellows, I have just arrived in Dar es Salaam to work with PharmAccess Foundation for a 6 month assignment, working with two other Fellows Mario Villa (from Pfizer Italy) and Henry Okoth (from Sanford, North Carolina).  As a team, we are working on quality monitoring and evaluation systems and financing models for pharmacies. This... Read More

Targeting the Working Populations

April 27, 2012 - 1:00am
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I have learned from interviewing diabetes experts, hospital administrators, and diabetes educators that the hardest group to engage and motivate on diabetes awareness and management is the working-age population. Workers generally are “too busy” with day-to-day activities, family, friends, work pressures, and such, to prioritize personal health—until they end up in the hospital with complications... Read More

Finding the right color in Beijing

April 20, 2012 - 12:00pm
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To illustrate my interview reports and provide for future Global Health Fellows, I decided to buy a camera for GBCHealth. I had scouted out a parcel of electronic stores in the Chaoyang district and found my way to the Sony camera booth in the midst of a chaos of retailers. After I bargained the price down from 2200 yuan to 1500 yuan (1 yuan = .16 USD), the saleswoman asked me what color camera I... Read More

Rural Health Station Dilemma

April 13, 2012 - 1:00pm
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David Marshall standing near the Shi Da Xing Qu She Qu Wei Shang Fu Wu Zhan Health Station, Beijing I recently visited the Da Xing Qu She Qu Wei Shang Fu Wu Zhan Health Station, located some twenty-five kilometers south of central Beijing. My two companions were a pharmaceutical sales representative and an endocrinologist at a prestigious government hospital in central Beijing... Read More

A visit with a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner

April 9, 2012 - 5:25pm
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It is hard to understand the Chinese health system without visiting a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner. Located in most villages and cities throughout China, TCM uses both herbal and Western medicines to treat its patients. When Michael Shiu, a GBCHealth colleague, had a dry cough for a couple of days, he decided to visit... Read More

Beijing Street Health Fair

April 6, 2012 - 12:00pm
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Since I arrived early for a meeting with an NGO executive in the Chaoyang district, I walked around the neighborhood to get my bearings and pass some time. Coming around a corner, I saw a crowd of people around a long table collecting pamphlets. Looking more closely, I realized that this was a health fair staffed by a local hospital. On one end of the long table, scales were set up so people... Read More

First Days in Beijing

March 23, 2012 - 12:00pm
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Twenty-five years of analyzing the US healthcare market, two months independently studying Chinese culture since my acceptance as a 2012 Global Health Fellow, two weeks embedded in the New York office of GBCHealth, and five days immersed in a Beijing neighborhood have led me to this moment of exploration and adventure. I am working with GBCHealth for three months to establish a diabetes awareness... Read More

Warmth and Affection of Local Papua New Guinean Folks Towards Foreign Visitors

September 29, 2011 - 10:00am
I remember back in May, FHI 360’s first order of business with me was to discuss in great length the high importance of safety and security at work, home, during transit, and everywhere I go.  The strong warnings and precautions in terms of personal security was impressed even further through personal stories, anecdotes, and experiences of FHI 360 staff—expatriates and local folks alike.  In... Read More

PNG Celebrates 36 Years of “Independence”

September 27, 2011 - 10:00am
On September 16, 2011, Papua New Guinea celebrated its 36 years of independence and freedom.  All throughout the week, the excitement of this coming holiday was visibly noticeable as local folks prepared traditional costumes and attires and erected makeshift vending stands at open grasslands where various cultural shows and dances were held.  Many were on the streets selling items with PNG... Read More

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