Posts Tagged: Public Health

Sweet Home Chicago

So I’ve been back in Chicago for 2 weeks now and it’s been good. The adjustment was not as bad as I thought it would be and my jetlag has not been that horrible. I miss waking up to mountains and the laid back South African culture the most. I was expecting to experience more… Read more »

Global Citizens

Throughout our time in Johannesburg, we visited multiple NGOs focusing on a range of issues. From women’s health to circumcision, we discussed many different issues which are at the forefront in South Africa. On the first day, we visited an NGO, called ANOVA, where we learned about various efforts to help gay men and women…. Read more »

Missing the Adventure

Writing my last blog post means that my quarter in South Africa is officially over (even though I technically returned to the US almost two months ago), so naturally, I’ve been putting off this post as long as possible. It already feels like I’ve been back forever, though, so I figure it’s finally time to recap… Read more »

Saving Individuals, Not the World: 900 Children of Hangberg

In the community of Hangberg, a part of the greater Cape Town area, the population struggles with drug addiction, mental health problems, crowded living conditions, the influence of gangs, and a lack of job opportunities. Children are raised in a toxic environment where many parents and other adult role models illegally poach abalone and shopkeepers… Read more »

Goeie Dag, Molweni, Hello

I think I’ve always taken language for granted, living in a country and a community where pretty much everyone I’ve ever needed to communicate with speaks English. I studied French in junior high and high school, but the possibility of ever needing to use French to communicate seemed so distant. In South Africa, though, the… Read more »

Today Is the Day!

Hi blog readers! My name is Emily Liquin, and I’m a junior at Northwestern. I’ve been preparing for months, but I can’t believe I’m finally leaving for South Africa today. This will be the longest I’ve ever been away from the Chicago area, so I’m pretty nervous. But I’m also incredibly excited – South Africa… Read more »

Putting the “study” in study abroad

Karolina Kielbania, Public Health and Development  in South Africa, Spring 2014   Greetings from Stellenbosch! This past week and a half has been absolutely incredible. South Africa has definitely managed to exceed my expectations and capture my heart in just this short timespan. Our first week here sort of felt like a second spring break; we got to… Read more »

Hammocks and Sweet Tea

Rebekah Williams, Public Health and Development in South Africa, Spring 2014 Hiiiii ya’ll, I’m Rebekah and for the past week and half my days have been consumed by hammock lounging in my backyard and eating copious amounts of my mom’s mac-and-cheese. Also…lots of sweet tea…sweet tea from dawn ‘til dusk. While this sedentary (perhaps slightly-worrisome-for-my-health) lifestyle has… Read more »

Projects that matter

Sarah Uttal, Global Healthcare Technologies, Spring 2014 As our time in Cape Town draws to a close, we are all working hard to finish up our design projects we have worked on all quarter. This quarter has given each of us the opportunity to design a medical device to be used in South Africa, dealing… Read more »

What is “best” is not always “best”

Sarah Uttal, Global Healthcare Technologies, Spring 2014 We spent an eye-opening 10 days in Kwa-Zulu Natal to begin our South African immersion. Our time was spent traveling around the province visiting different clinics and learning about the healthcare system here. We had amazing guides, including one of the best biomedical engineers in this part of… Read more »