Posts Categorized: Spring Quarter 2013

There is more than a 30 second recap

by Keyra Ogden, Public Health in South Africa 2013 Exactly one year ago today I was on a plane to Cape Town, South Africa. The next three months in South Africa would change my perspective about the world and stay with me forever. It seems surreal that this incredible experience was so long ago. Sometimes… Read more »

Hout Bay’s Hangberg

Lily Zhou, Public Health and Development in South Africa, Spring 2013 Hey guys! I’m back in the states and will write my final blog post very soon, but before that I wanted to tell you a bit about one of my favorite public health excursions there. We learned about psychosocial rehabilitation, which is a socially… Read more »

Psychosocial Health in a South African Context

Chance Cim, Public Health and Development in South Africa, Spring 2013 Psychosocial aspects of health have been the most ingrained in me during these past few weeks.  For my Development Perspectives on Health class, I have been volunteering at Hesketh King, an inpatient drug rehabilitation center outside of Stellenbosch. The organization offers two programs for… Read more »

The Public Sector is a Public Affair

Lily Zhou, Public Health and Development in South Africa, Spring 2013 South Africa’s health care system is quite simple to explain but emotionally difficult to observe. To give some background information to our excursions, the healthcare system is two-tiered: the public sector is basic, state-funded health care that is free to those who qualify, while… Read more »

A Black and White Divide

Lily Zhou, Public Health and Development in South Africa, Spring 2013 “What are the stereotypes about Americans?” we asked our tour guide. “You stereotype Africa as a homogeneous place,” he laughed, “you think it is a country.” As embarrassing as this accusation was, it’s true in varying gradients. Some of my friends from home have… Read more »

Molo, Goeie dag, Hello from South Africa!

Mariah Wood, Public Health and Development in South Africa, Spring 2013 Our first month here in South Africa has been absolutely awesome. Stellenbosch is a beautiful town nestled in between mountains and in the heart of wine country. The rolling hills are covered in vineyards. We were at Stellenbosch University for two and a half… Read more »