Ethical Dilemmas in Global Health: Promoting Global Consciousness

Written by Dr. Stephen Winters, and Dr. Robert Kalyesubula, cofounder of the African Community Center for Social Sustainability, Nakaseke, Uganda


From a series of discussions about ethical dilemmas in global health, with responses from one global health leader in the Global South and one in the Global North. Please leave us your feedback in the comments section below, and send us ethical dilemmas you would like to see discussed.
Many students and faculty visiting other countries often deal with culture shock. How can the stress and frustration of culture shock be mitigated? What steps have you taken as a leader in global health to address the challenges of dealing with diverse participant backgrounds and expectations?

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Patience, Creativity, and Perseverance

Written by Katie Grenoble, UVMLCOM '20


The six weeks I spent with physicians and clinical officers in Uganda were a lesson in the fundamentals of medicine. In Uganda, doctors do not enjoy the luxury of being able to order any lab test they may need. Imaging is often performed off-site and rarely returned with an interpretation. Medications are purchased only if the patient can afford them, and the two EKG machines I saw seen were donated by Danbury Hospital in Connecticut. Doctors in Uganda must be exceptional at history taking and physical exams.

Light and Shadow Under an African Sky

Written by Tendai Machingaidze, medical student studying in Russia who helped support UVMLCOM/WCHN global health participants in Zimbabwe


It is not a small thing to leave the comfort of one’s country and home to venture to a foreign land for the sole purpose of expanding one’s knowledge. But, what better classroom is there to learn about global health than the world itself?

Ethical Dilemmas in Global Health: Strengthening Global Partnerships

Written by Stephen Winter, MD, Director of Global Health at Norwalk Hospital, and Robert Kalyesubula, MD, cofounder of the African Community Center for Social Sustainability, Nakaseke, Uganda


From a series of discussions about ethical dilemmas in global health, with responses from one global health leader in the Global South and one in the Global North. Please leave us your feedback in the comments section below, and send us ethical dilemmas you would like to see discussed.
There are many collaborations between the Global South and Global North, each with their own interests that must be met in order to make the collaboration fruitful. What are the key ingredients of a balanced collaboration, and what must both sides consider before setting one up?

Letter from the Editor: A Call to Write

Written by Mitra Sadigh, Writer/Editor at the UVMLCOM/WCHN Global Health Program and Editor of Global Health Diaries.


As reflective writers, we process our experiences and emergent feelings in the immediacy of writing them down, each word a wipe on a foggy mirror. In the midst of a slowly sharpening image, we uncover truths about ourselves, others, and the ways in which we exist in and interact with the world.

Dance of the Mentor-Mentee

Written by Mitra Sadigh, Writer/Editor at the UVMLCOM/WCHN Global Health Program, and Dr. Majid Sadigh, Trefz Family Endowed Chair in Global Health at WCHN and Director of Global Health at UVMLCOM


“Try not to resist the changes that come your way.
Instead, let life live through you.
And do not worry that your world is turning upside down.
How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?”
-Rumi

A supervisor is one who is in charge of overseeing and directing a project or people. The role of supervisor helps ensure smooth, proper conduction of workplace-related tasks. There is an understanding between supervisor and supervisee that the the one will somehow advise the other in workplace-related inquiries, but the relationship between supervisor and supervisee is not conventionally personal in nature. With so much to be learned in the realm of global health, and so much at stake- principally the physical and mental well-being of students, patients, and partner institutions- supervision may fall short in fully addressing student needs.

New Insights

Written by Dr. Nguyen Huyen Chau, Global Health Scholar from Vietnam


The United States welcomed me with pleasant weather and a comfortable house in a peaceful residential area near Norwalk Hospital. I was immediately impressed with the hospital’s clean, peaceful environment, and amazed by the high level of organization that allows for each patient to have his or her own specific appointment time, thereby eliminating long waiting periods.

Growth in Many Directions

Written by Dr. Majid Sadigh, Trefz Family Endowed Chair in Global Health at Western Connecticut Health Network, and Director of Global Health at University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine


As we pass the five-year mark since the inception of our Global Health Program in June 2012, we celebrate the remarkable multidirectional growth that has transpired. We have substantially increased the number of our network participants in international training sites, developed a robust bidirectional component in support of junior faculty from our partner sites for extended capacity building experiences at WCHN, deepened the academic teaching curriculum at home and abroad, and added a significant volume of scholarly publications to expand the academic footprint of the Global Health Program.

A Marvelous Three Months

Written by Dr. Nguyễn Thị Kim Thanh, rheumatologist, Global Health Scholar from Vietnam


On a prior trip to the USA for a twelve-day vacation last year, I was impressed with stunning scenery, big roads, extraordinary skyscrapers, and large shopping malls. This time around, I was surprised by the good manners of the American people, which I could not have learned from books or the internet.

A Beacon of Hope and Light

Written by Nikolas Moring, '20


One week in Naggalama down. I can’t believe it. It seems like we just arrived here  yesterday. My first week in Uganda has been so different from what I had ever expected. I don’t even know where to begin. I spent countless nights trying to imagine what this experience was going to be, but knew from the beginning that was a fruitless exercise. Upon arriving, that was confirmed. It is simply so unique, and so different, that there was no way to even begin to project or predict what it would be like.