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Computers as a second language

September 1, 2011 - 10:00am
Today, I was thinking about one of my favorite teachers.  Her name is Ms. Savoy, and she was my ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher when I was attending 2nd thru 4th grade in a small town in Western Massachusetts.  Having just immigrated to the United States, I only spoke and understood Chinese.  Ms. Savoy was a native English speaker and did not converse in Chinese.  She patiently... Read More

“They Come to See Me Before They Go to See God”: Echoes of IAS Rome 2011

August 30, 2011 - 10:00am
It’s the morning after the close of the 6th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Prevention, Treatment and Care, the world’s largest HIV conference.  I am currently on a six month assignment lending my organizational development expertise to IAS as a Pfizer Global Health Fellow.  My main contribution at the conference was to lead a series of focus groups with IAS members to learn... Read More

Eggs are not just for breakfast.

August 30, 2011 - 10:00am
Do you recall the last time you had a flu shot?  A flu shot is a vaccine.  Vaccines work by exposing the body to particles called antigens, which trigger an immune response.  When the body senses these virus bits, it kick-starts specialized immune defenses which attack the viral DNA. Once the body eliminates the invaders, it stores a "memory" of that particular invader for years, guarding against... Read More

A Kenyan Lab’s New Equipment Delivery and Installation Challenges

August 25, 2011 - 10:00am
Through the VACNADA Project, my partner organization, GALVmed will manage over €4million (US $5.6million) in support of equipment, training and refurbishment activities. KEVEVAPI (Kenya Veterinary Vaccines Production Institute) is one of eight vaccine production laboratories in sub-Saharan Africa benefitting through this grant.  The Kenya lab will receive several laboratory refurbishments and new... Read More

Global Fund ATM – Donor or Investor?

August 25, 2011 - 10:00am
GBCHealth Private Sector Delegation to the Global Fund The initial GBCHealth Latin American member’s event was very successful.  GBCHealth serves as an entry-point for collaboration with the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria while orchestrating the Private Sector Delegation (PSD) on the Global Fund Board of Directors. The PSD collectively... Read More

My first Brazilian Winter Experience

August 23, 2011 - 10:00am
São Paulo and Latin America GBCHealth Members Meeting “Bom Dia” or “good day” in Brazilian Portuguese!  Although I just returned home (to NY) from Paris, I was on a plane the next morning for a long, but direct, flight to Brazil.  Traveling internationally for the purpose of improving global health is rather exciting and certainly... Read More

Doing more with less was brought to life for me

August 23, 2011 - 10:00am
My partner organization, GALVmed, works with key partners to make a sustainable difference in access to animal health products for poor livestock keepers.  As a process engineer from the Andover, Massachusetts facility my six month fellowship in Ethiopia and Kenya is focused on improving the quality and quantity of vaccines produced by selected national laboratories across Africa by providing... Read More

Continue to Make Communications a Success!

August 18, 2011 - 10:00am
In order to reach my objectives, I have decided to stop the comparisons between Rwanda and the U.S., and focus instead on the lessons that I can learn. I have decided to start motivating my colleagues to develop more stories from the field and finally, I have decided to continue to develop communication skills among the staff of the Access Project. Initially when I arrived and discovered some... Read More

Male Workforces and Telehealth

August 18, 2011 - 10:00am
Paris Meeting Successes: Aside from notable attributions to passions around food, wine and romance, Paris also has a healthy contingent of large multinational companies and organizational representatives (i.e. International Diabetes Foundation, GAVI, WHO) that are committed to global health.  The meeting with GBCHealth’s European-based... Read More

Stop and take a different approach

August 16, 2011 - 10:00am
If there is one image that comes to mind when I think of the continent of Africa, it is the image of starving children. After years of seeing commercials on television that depict malnourished children, it has left an indelible mark on me. Yet, I was largely ignorant about the causes and solutions being implemented throughout the developing world to eradicate poverty and hunger. My fellowship... Read More