Preston Public Interest Career Fund Recipient
“Working under India’s health care system has strengthened my social, linguistic, and analytical skills. My interest in promoting quality, patient-oriented service has only grown stronger and I am confident that I will continue to work in public health in the future.”
This summer, I worked on women’s health care in India with a focus on pregnancy and child delivery. My internship was with a health oriented NGO called Sahayog that partnered with a number of CBOs in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Our CBO partners were composed of women, men, birth attendants, and local health workers. By building these diverse networks, we learned about ways in which multiple local communities thrive and fight to improve social services. One particularly important aspect I wanted to focus on was different perceptions of health and illness because what is diagnosed as a “disease” or perceived as an “issue” for one country or international organization does not hold true for every person or context. While listening and reporting on these issues, I always strove to ensure that women felt respected and maintained their sense of dignity. It was personally important to me to view every person as a human rather than a case or a patient.
- Date September 22, 2015
- Tags 2015, Asia, Healthcare, Preston, Social Service