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Notes from the field: SPH students report on their summer field experiences

Asia

Schelomo Marmor is working in Japan with the Nagasaki Association for Hibakusha’s Medical Care and the University of Nagasaki. He is conducting research on survivors of the World War II atomic bombs with the hope of caring for those who have been exposed to radiation in Japan and beyond. Marmor says the experience is showing him the most important aspect of an epidemiological study: the human element.

Europe

John Amuasi is in Geneva, Switzerland working with Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), the first not-forprofit organization committed to fighting the most neglected diseases of the developing world. Before coming to the SPH, Amuasi witnessed the devastating effects of these diseases while working as a doctor in Ghana. This summer at DNDi, Amuasi prepared a paper on behalf of the executive director on one of the organization’s 22 projects. The paper is slated to be published in the journal Global Forum for Health Research.

Africa

The peaceful streets and green hills of Rwanda’s capital city Kigali make it difficult for Erin Galegher to imagine the genocide that began there 13 years ago. She’s learning how the country is working to address issues of torture and organized violence through her work at FACT-Rwanda. Established in 1999, the NGO marks a partnership among human rights activists, lawyers, physicians, and medical students of the National University of Rwanda. FACT works to prevent violence and advocate for victims of torture.

Read more about Erin Galegher and other student experiences in Africa in Advances Magazine.

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