A Bridge Connecting Two Beautiful Islands

Written by Majid Sadigh, M.D., Trefz Family Endowed Chair of Global Health
Forming and sustaining equitable partnerships with international colleagues is a challenging endeavor. It requires passion, leadership, transparency, cultural sensitivity, friendship, and endurance. All the time and effort spent is an investment toward something valuable, and mistakes and miscommunication are unavoidable. Pain is an inherent part of any growth process.

Witness, Advocate, Exchange, Improve

Written by Ann Dougherty, M.D.'09 On a whiteboard in my office, I have written the words: witness, advocate, exchange and improve. These are my pillars of global health. Witness, don’t rescue. Advocate, for a diversity of backgrounds. Exchange, sustainably and equitably. Improve, building appropriate technology and capacity. These core concepts may seem obvious, but they require training in global health ethics and the realities of on-the-ground work in low-resource settings.

Partners in Global Growth: Dr. Paul Farmer Visits UVM

Written by Bryce Bludevich '17 A few weeks ago, on a rainy Vermont afternoon, a man came to Ira Allen chapel to give a talk. He told us this was not going to be a talk about the “four S’s,” the shorthand for an approach he’s developed for his wide-ranging global health work. Instead, he said this was going to be a talk about change. A change in the mindset of those who think about and act on global health issues. The talk became personal for me from the moment it started. I have had the opportunity to travel to Russia and Uganda through the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine Global Health Program, which has molded my world view and exposed me to the world’s healthcare disparities.

Forest People: Conservation & Medicine in Indonesia

Written by Stefan Wheat '18 My father and I woke at 4:30 each morning to the sound of a loudspeaker on our neighbor’s roof announcing the call to prayer. We would read by the light of our headlamps before rising with the sun for our morning exercise routine, ending it with a breakfast of fresh fruit. Then, we would walk down the street to the Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) clinic in Sukadana, Indonesian headquarters for Health in Harmony, a conservation-medicine NGO based out of Portland, Oregon.