Challenging Moments in Global Health: Navigating Cross-Cultural Boundaries

Written by Dalia Martinez, freelance content strategist and friend of the Global Health Program, and Professor Chiratidzo Ellen Ndhlovu, Director of the Global Health Program at the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences


From a series of discussions about challenging moments in global health, with responses from global health leaders in the Global South and Global North. Please leave us your feedback in the comments section, and send us cases you would like to see discussed.

Challenging Moments in Global Health: Navigating Cross-Cultural Boundaries

Written by Professor Harriet Mayanja, previous Dean of Makerere University College of Health Sciences and Dr. Stephen Winter, Senior Advisor for the UVMLCOM Global Health Program


From a series of discussions about challenging moments in global health, with responses from global health leaders in the Global South and Global North. Please leave us your feedback in the comments section, and send us cases you would like to see discussed.

Safety in Global Health: Don’t Be blinded

Written by Stephen J. Scholand, M.D.


It was quite late in the evening, and I was walking alone in a crowded urban market. It wasn’t the best area of town, but I needed to do some last minute souvenir shopping for my loved ones at home. I thought of their interest and enjoyment in receiving some beautiful and unique handicrafts from local artisans.

Challenging Moments in Global Health: Inflexible Participants

Written by Dr. Lily Horng, Infectious Diseases Faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine


From a series of discussions about challenging moments in global health, with responses from global health leaders in the Global South and Global North. Please leave us your feedback in the comments section, and send us cases you would like to see discussed.

Challenging Moments in Global Health: Defining the Comfort Zone

Written by Dr. Bulat Ziganshin, Director of the International Affairs Office at the WCHN/UVMLCOM Global Health Program and Director of the Global Health Elective for American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and Ross University School of Medicine students, and Dr. Randi R. Diamond, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, and Director of the Liz Claiborne Center for Humanism in Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College


From a series of discussions about challenging moments in global health, with responses from global health leaders in the Global South and Global North. Please leave us your feedback in the comments section, and send us cases you would like to see discussed.

Challenging Moments in Global Health: Inflexible Participants

Written by Dr. Molly Moore, Director of Global Health at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine Pediatrics Department


From a series of discussions about challenging moments in global health, with responses from global health leaders in the Global South and Global North. Please leave us your feedback in the comments section, and send us cases you would like to see discussed.

Challenging Moments in Global Health: Inflexible Participants

Written by Dr. David Chia, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine


From a series of discussions about challenging moments 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, and send us cases you would like to see discussed.

Challenging Moments in Global Health: Inflexible Participants

Written by Professor Harriet Mayanja, previous Dean of Makerere University College of Health Sciences, and Katrin Sara Sadigh, MD, Global Health Fogarty Fellow, Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston/Botswana Harvard Partnership


From a series of discussions about challenging moments 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, and send us cases you would like to see discussed.

Challenging Moments in Global Health: Invitations

Written by Jamidah Nakato, Assistant Lecturer at Makerere University


Challenging moments are an inherent component of global health electives, and can be ascribed to an array of sources including insufficient orientation, unrealistic expectations, unfamiliarity with the culture and way of life, or mismatch between participant and elective. “Challenging Moments in Global Health” aims to address these issues by featuring real cases that have been written by global health coordinators, directors, and leaders over the years. We hope that readers share their responses, thoughts, and personal experiences so that we as a community can learn from each others’ insights.
A participant invited a group of Ugandan doctors out for dinner, but the night took an unexpected turn when he could not settle the humongous bill.