An Educational Success Story: Part III

Written by Katali Estherloy, Managing Director at the African Community Center for Social Sustainability (ACCESS)


ked on the job-searching journey. In Uganda’s economy, the chances of a non-science graduate finding placement in the area of their specialty is a hurdle to jump. At the public service level, employees often never leave their positions until retirement at sixty years. My graduate program in Business Computing equipped me with business and technology knowledge which were not popular at that time.

An Educational Success Story: Part II

Written by Katali Estherloy, Managing Director at the African Community Center for Social Sustainability (ACCESS)


Throughout my education, self-motivation and resilience were the values that made me stand out before my parents and the schools I attended. Through my primary and ordinary levels of education, I experienced an academic swift through the system because all the twenty subjects I had to study on a termly basis were compulsory according to the Ugandan education system at that level. 

An Educational Success Story: Part I

Written by Katali Estherloy, Managing Director at the African Community Center for Social Sustainability (ACCESS)


Globally, education is the process of acquiring knowledge, values, and skills that make us creative in the vocation of interest. Good education programs should be designed to challenge the human brain to think critically in the area of specialization in order to solve the problems at hand.

My First Rabies Patient

Written by Stephen Scholand, MD, Associate Global Health Director at Nuvance Health


One of my first experiences in global health was as a medical resident on a rotation in a city hospital in the heart of Manila, 10,000 miles from home. The patient was a small boy not more than five years old. Two months prior, he had suffered a dog bite on his leg from the neighbor’s puppy. It was just a small nip in the skin, with only a few drops of blood. The puppy seemed alright, but it died a few days later – seemingly a victim of the oppressive Manila heat. The parents struggled to make ends meet for their family of five. It would have been too much to take him to see a doctor. Instead, they visited a local faith healer.

In the World With COVID-19: Vaccinating Subpopulations in Zimbabwe

Written by Professor Chiratidzo E Ndhlovu, M Med Sci( Clin Epi), FRCP


In Zimbabwe, we have been discussing the vaccination of certain populations like pregnant and lactating women, children, people living with HIV, and those above 65 years. The argument usually is that we do not have "scientific" evidence,  but I have always taken the view that high-risk populations should be offered the vaccine. We now offer it to pregnant women as well as children above 14 years of age. 

In the World With COVID-19: Student Global Health Involvements at UVMLCOM

Written by Audrey Frey, Coordinator of the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine Global Health Program


Medical students at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine (UVMLCOM) have been fruitfully engaged in global health activities despite being unable to have on-the-ground experiences due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following is a summary of their recent activities.

In the World With COVID-19: The Impact of the Pandemic on My Life

Written by Ms. Rachel Logue, high school senior in Fairfield, Connecticut and Global Health Intern at the Nuvance Health/UVMLCOM Global Health Program


When the COVID-19 pandemic spread to the United States in March 2020, I naively anticipated returning to school in a couple of weeks. Walking down the halls, I thought the lockdown was a temporary blip, but deep down I knew the magnitude of this major health crisis: it would touch everyone’s lives. 

The Love of Knowledge

Written by Saida Agliullina, senior teacher of the Department of Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Medicine of Kazan State Medical University, Russia


For everything I have achieved in my life, I am grateful to my mother. She always motivated me to study, although I didn't enjoy it in elementary school. I wanted to play games and nothing else. But we were not a very rich family. My mother often reminded me that after high school, our family will not be able to pay for university tuition. At first, I got into the habit of studying because I needed to learn. That later transformed into a great feeling: the love of knowledge.

Education Inequalities: Part II

Written by Sarah Cordisco, senior nursing student at University of Vermont


Educating women and girls has a huge range of benefits. According to the UN, it can improve maternal health, reduce infant mortality rates, reduce the rate of childbearing, and increase prevention against HIV and AIDS. In this sense, educated mothers are more likely to know about HIV transmission from mom to baby via breast feeding and know that there is a decreased risk of transmission if drugs are taken during pregnancy.