Lonnie Hackett.

Volunteer Service & Support Nepal (VSSN) - Nepal

Project Description

Preston Public Interest Career Fund Recipient

“My experience in Nepal proved to be everything I had hoped for. The trip provided invaluable experience in rural health care, an opportunity to live and work with the local community, and the opportunity to collect the information necessary for completion of a small research project aimed to increase knowledge on medical adherence in rural Nepal.”

I was able to accomplish many things during my stay in Nepal. I successfully arranged community based health programs for the neighboring schools with the assistance of nursing students interning at the center. On our trips we would teach the children about dental care, hygiene, and water safety. I would help the nurses create lesson plans and arrange the trips.

In regard to my research study, I was interested in both how well the patients adhere to their medical treatments and what factors lead to greater adherence. With the help of a translator, I was able to finish over 150 interviews and will be able to compile a meaningful research paper this fall at Bowdoin.  I entered Nepal with a strong passion for healthcare and public health and left with even greater certainty that I desire to work and contribute to rural healthcare.

Project Details

  • Date September 1, 2012
  • Tags 2012, Africa, Healthcare, Preston, Social Service

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