Sandra Ruong’o is a woman at peace with herself and the world around her: she laughs easily, an engaging laugh that makes you want to join in.
It’s almost the punchline to an unfunny joke but most Americans have absolutely no idea of how much — actually, how little — the country spends on foreign aid. A 2013 Kaiser Family Foundation survey on the U.S. role in global health found that, when asked to guess how much the country spent on foreign aid, the average answer was 28 percent. The correct answer is just under 1 percent.
Illness, injury and disability can devastate a country’s people and resources as ruthlessly as any war. Aid organizations often appear during a crisis to combat disease outbreaks and — if time and money allow — to teach people in affected communities how to prevent future flare ups. However, fundamental public health principles hold that prevention is far more cost-effective than treatment.
The Associated Press recognized Pamoja Together, an exchange program telling stories on the impact of foreign aid from the recipients’ angle. Boston University students worked with Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOST) and Great Lakes University of Kisumu (GLUK) to conduct field research and create high quality productions that capture compelling stories of aid. Stories featured local Kenyan organizations such as Keeping Alive Societies Hope (KASH) and Care for the Earth.
Kasha Patel’s love of science, writing leads her to ‘Pamoja Together’ project.
Wicked Local featured an article about what made Concord resident and Boston University student Wiley’s trip to Kenya so great. Wiley stated the authentic bonds and friendships she formed while she was in Kenya made the project so memorable and meaningful.
Late in 2010, Boston University joined with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, which coincided with the launch at BU of a collaborative effort between the College of Communication and the Center for Global Health and Development. Their purpose was to look at the intersection of journalism and public health at times of crisis and disaster.
Student Skills: Using iPads for Learning (ISTE 2014 Conference)
The aim of this study is to present (1) necessary skills to use iPads for learning and (2) useful mobile applications for educational purpose. These skills and applications were identified in the mobile workshops.
Denis Burkitt moved to Uganda and opened a medical clinic. He was struck by the large number of children with grotesque facial swellings that often grew large enough to choke and kill. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is working on breaking the link between the virus, Esptein-Barr virus, and Burkitt’s lymphoma.
Walsh is a survivor of Burkitt’s Lymphoma, a virulent variety of pediatric cancer known to be fastest-growing human tumor. In Sub-Saharan Africa, Burkitt’s is the most widespread type of childhood cancer. Chronic malaria is closely linked to Burkitt’s and is prevalent in Kenya’s malaria-prone lake regions. Walsh demonstrates chemotherapy can reverse Burkitt’s Lymphoma, but only if the disease is diagnosed early, and treatment is aggressive.