Theophilus Abah (Medical Student, College of Medicine), a Summer Experience Scholar, will be working with World Vision in both Zimbabwe and Zambia for 2 months. Theo believes that living a life for his own happiness is rather selfish & privileged. Knowing that there are still many impacted by not having access to clean water and other amenities that are foundational to health, Theo is ready to work alongside WASH advocates to learn effective resolutions to this world problem. Thoe is looking forward to immersing himself into two unfamiliar cultures, getting to know the people/communities he will be working with, and exposing himself to international healthcare practices and policies. He sees this as an opportunity that will allow him to do something beneficial to his fellow man while opening his eyes to new approaches.
Garcelle Alequine (Graduate Student, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, will be spending 3 months with World Vision Zambia. Garcelle has a desire to gain different perspectives of the world, learn public health skills for her future practice, and to make an impact on communities in need. She is looking forward to experiencing a different culture, interacting with individuals from different backgrounds, and collaborating with others to accomplish a common goal related to improving water and sanitation practices
Alia Barnes (Graduate Student, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, will be working with World Vision Senegal for 3 months. Alia has the desire to address reproductive health within underserved communities around the world. She looks forward to learning about the infrastructure that is dedicated to reproductive health and designing programs that will improve the health of residents within particular communities. Alia also looks forward to forming connections and learning about the different customs and traditions that exist in Senegal.
Sabrina Charles (Graduate Student, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, will be spending 3 months with World Vision Senegal. Sabrina is looking forward to gaining insight on and experiences in developing the specific skills necessary to improve underserved areas where clean water is not always accessible. As a Dornsife Global Development Scholar in Senegal, Sabrina is excited to broaden her knowledge on the issues of water, sanitation, and hygiene, as well as learn how to create interventions on a level of community engagement, specialized work, and research to promote disease prevention and improve the health of a population.
Ariana Downs (Undergraduate Student, College of Arts and Sciences), a Co-op Scholar, will be spending 3 months working alongside World Vision Swaziland. Working at the Office of Global Health at Drexel University has sparked Ariana interest in health promotion and advocacy specifically as it relates to water, sanitation, and hygiene. Working with some of the world’s most skilled professionals in the arena of WASH, Ariana looks forward to gaining real-world knowledge on effective ways to implement behavior change under the umbrella of WASH. Additionally, she is most excited to use the skills gained to help her professional goals of improving health education programs in undeserved communities around the world.
Claudia Duguay (Undergraduate Student, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems), a Co-op Scholar, is spending 3 months working alongside World Vision Zambia. In addition to being an international student and standout student-athlete, Claudia has a strong willingness to offer her experiences to all communities in the pursuit to promote improved health outcomes worldwide. One of the most citing realization is knowing that she will be part of the 50,000 dedicated and passionate staff and volunteers that make up the World Vision WASH team. Claudia is hoping that her contributions to each project will have a lasting impact on the communities and that she will come back to Drexel with a better understanding of working in developing communities as an engineer.
Sachin Gandhi (Medical Student, College of Medicine), a Research Scholar, will be spending 2 months with World Vision Zimbabwe and Zambia. Health is so fundamental to him that he believes everyone should have access to it. As a returning Dornsife Scholar, Sachin wants to explore his previous work further in the larger health system. Previously, Sachin investigated the exit strategy of World Vision Zambia in the Sinazongwe ADP, which allowed him to understand initiatives that would eventually allow for a sustainable departure from the region. Sachin would now like to explore this data as it relates to health outcomes in other parts of the region.
Gregory Kunkel (Medical Student, College of Medicine), a Research Scholar, will be spending 2 months working with World Vision Mzuzu and with the Center of Excellence in Water at the University of Mzuzu. Greg has a desire to experience cultures other than his own, while still maintaining a focus on health and medicine. He is looking forward to exploring the local health challenges and working with partners on the ground to address them. Additionally, Greg looks forward to integrating with new communities and making connections with WASH workers in the field, in order to better develop himself into a well-rounded physician and public health practictioner.
Samyuktha Guttha (Undergraduate Student, Drexel University), a Summer Experience Scholar, will be working with World Vision in both Zimbabwe and Zambia for 2 months. After taking a course and reading about past and current efforts led to mitigate the problems associated with the lack of clean water in Sub-Saharan Africa, Samy became interested in opportunities to become involved in WASH. She is excited to see how she can become a part of the solution to current WASH issues. It is important to Samy that she is not a transient volunteer taking part in a relief effort but to truly immerse in the culture and understand what the needs and wants of the community are.
Wesley Goodman-Levy (Medical Student, College of Medicine), a Summer Experience Scholar, will be working with World Vision in both Zimbabwe and Zambia for 2 months. Wesley is interested in WASH and Global Health because he has seen many people with primary needs issues domestically and would like to make an impact on these issues from a more universal approach. Wesley is also interested in not only expanding his world view but also observing and participating in betterment programs that are collaborative as well as culturally sensitive.
Shakye Jones (Graduate Student, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, will be spending 3 months with World Vision Malawi. Shakye knows that access to water sanitation and proper hygiene is a basic necessity yet many countries struggle with providing these necessities. Shakye is committed to disease equity and making countries poverty-free. She is looking forward to learning about a new culture, bringing home new words, and ideas that will continue to impact Global Health.
Mariah Menanno (Undergraduate Student, Drexel University), a Co-op Scholar, will be working with World Vision Lesotho. Although just a freshman, Mariah has a passion for public health and desire to ensure everyone around the world has an equal access to clean water. Because the world is so interconnected, she believes a global approach is essential. Mariah is looking forward to gaining a new perspective as it pertains to healthcare specifically as she will be working in one of the few remaining kingdoms in Africa. The opportunity to view health and infrastructure from a different lens is the most rewarding aspect of the program. In addition, Mariah hopes to be able to contribute to research that will help advance the field and her own studies.
Jerry Nutor (Graduate Student, College of Nursing and Health Professions), a Research Scholar, will be working with World Vision Zambia for 3 months. As a returning Dornsife Global Development Scholar, Jerry previously conducted several health education sessions for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers on topics such as malaria, malnutrition, and STI/HIV prevention. In Zambia, Jerry designed a cross sectional study to investigate the impact of water hygiene and sanitation on anti-retrivial treatment (ART) medication adherence intention among pregnant mothers. This year, Jerry will collect further data from his previous project and use it to design WASH related interventions to improve adherence to ART medication in low resource counties.
Marissa Olson (Undergraduate Student, Drexel University), a Co-Op Scholar, will be working with World Vision Swaziland for 3 months. Marissa has a passion for working with people, and looks forward partner her formal education with the experiential component of her experience in Swaziland to make a difference in the field of Global Health. Marissa is looking forward to learning more about working in resource-limited communities as well as learning about new approaches to problems are faced even in the United States. Marissa is looking forward to creating relationships and learning from the many people of Swaziland that will open their lives to helping her grow in the field.
Tessa Pelger (Graduate Student, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, will be spending 3 months with World Vision Lesotho. Her interest in Global Health formed over the years through international experiences and advocacy within the public health field. Tessa believes that WASH is an important focus in alleviating immediate health concerns and burdens to communities in resource-limited communities. Through positive WASH initiatives, improvement in areas such as educational access to young girls can be another stepping stone to building stronger communities. Tessa is extremely excited for this cultural and experiential immersion opportunity that is purpose-driven amongst a team of dedicated professionals.
Noella Sama (Graduate, Dorsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, will be working with World Vision Ghana for 3 months. Noella grew up in a low- to middle-income country and has witnessed firsthand multiple instances where the lack of clean WASH infrastructure has affected the lives of people in the community. With this experience, Noella is looking forward to learn how other cultures address these same WASH infrastructure and behavior concerns. She wants to use this knowledge throughout her career to help implement changes and foster development of clean and healthy neighborhoods.
Velton Showell (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, will be spending 3 months with World Vision Ghana. Velton's interest in WASH is deeply rooted in his undergraduate experience as a Public Health major. It was in a global studies course that Velton was first introduced to the realities of just how many people around the world lack access to clean water. Velton is looking forward to working in the advanced WV Ghana water laboratory and learning how the findings are used to benefit those in the Tamale region. Also, Velton is excited to learn about on-the-ground program implementation and the success of WV Ghana WASH initiatives on behavior change in the rural communities.
Akshata Yalvigi (Undergraduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Co-op Scholar, will be working with World Vision Uganda for 6 months. Ashkata looks forward to learn more about the different issues surrounding water use and access in the East African region. She is excited to better understand how WASH-related problems address specific issues in a various communities. Ashkata is looking forward to learning about fieldwork methods that result in sustainable solutions, and successful program implementation approaches while working with new and different communities.
Ruby Abaka-Yankson (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Zambia in Chipata, Zambia within the Makungwa Area Development Program, which is in the Eastern Province of the country. Ruby conducted interviews within households and schools to evaluate knowledge, attitudes and practices and the impact of community led total sanitation campaign in achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF) communities. Ruby interviewed village members, village headmen, school children and the chief of the chiefdom.
Courtney Boyd, (Undergraduate, Pennoni Honors College), a Co-op Scholar, spent 6 months working with World Vision Malawi in Mzuzu, Malawi within the Chikwina-Mpamba Area Development Program, which is in the Northern Zone. Courtney facilitated surveys and other qualitative research within households, community focus groups, and world vision focus groups to measure the willingness to pay for improved water infrastructure and the implications of water management. She focused on the economic viability of sustaining the gravity fed water scheme currently in place in the area program.
Giovanna Byrd, (Undergraduate, College of Arts and Sciences), a Co-op Scholar, is working with World Vision in Uganda for her Spring/Summer term. Giovanna is a global health advocate who is committed to serving mankind. She has previous experience working on water development projects in low-resource settings with a service organization called People to People.
Morgan Flash, (Undergraduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Co-op Scholar, is spending his Spring/Summer term in Zambia with World Vision. Inspired by meeting Dana and David Dornsife during the 2014 Jonathan Mann Lecture, Morgan has previously spent time helping to establish water infrastructure in rural Jamaica, in areas surrounding his family compound.
Felix Garcia-Weffer, (Undergraduate, Lebow College of Business), a Co-op Scholar, spent 6 months in Nampula with World Vision Mozambique. There, Felix worked on a borehole assessment project in the Northern Region, which developed into his final project where he assessed current impacts and possible improvements for World Vision Areas of Development Programs (ADPs) in the District of Nampula.
Sachin Ghandi, (BS/MD, College of Medicine), a 2016 Summer Experience Scholar, spent 2 months with World Vision Zambia in the Sinazongwe Area Development Program in the Southern Province of Zambia. Sachin investigated the Exit Strategy of World Vision Zambia in Sinazongwe. He examined initiatives in the Health Sector that would eventually allow for a sustainable departure upon leaving the region. In order to do so, he participated in district summits across Zambia in which transitioning plans were laid down with the help of the community, partners, government, and other stakeholders. Upon compiling this data, Sachin studied the various methods and compared them against indicators of health to identify successful exit tactics.
Benjamin Hertford, (Undergraduate, College of Engineering), a Fall/Winter Co-op Scholar, spent 6 months in Nampula with World Vision Mozambique. There, he evaluated the effectiveness of community-led total sanitation efforts in the Northern Region of the country.
Sana Imam, (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Zimbabwe in Murambinda, Zimbabwe within the Buhera Area Development Program, which is the Northeast Zone. Sana conducted surveys within the community to assess the impact of rural sanitation facility construction. She gathered data on the community's financial status and involvement in various World Vision community-based programs to evaluate the impact of a newly implemented WASH program to end open defecation.
Kaitlynn Jones, (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a 2016 Dornsife Global Development Scholar, spent 3 months working in conjunction with World Vision Zimbabwe, specifically paired with Limpopo Area Development Program, which is in the southern-most part of the country. Kaitlynn conducted research on the social effects of water point installation in ward 5 of Beitbridge district, specifically focusing on access/usage, gender equality, and health. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods she conducted separate community meetings with women, children, and the health clinic in the ward. Once the research was completed Kaitlynn compiled a report and presented her findings to representatives from both World Vision Zimbabwe and World Vision USA. In addition to her research, Kaitlynn also monitored latrine construction in rural primary schools, and participated in community stakeholder meetings about gender-based violence and HIV prevention.
Katrina Lewis, (Undergraduate, College of Nursing and Health Professions), a Co-op Scholar, spent 6 months working with World Vision Zambia in Chongwe, Zambia within the Kapululwe Area Development Program (ADP). Katrina had the privilege to work on various projects throughout her time in Zambia. The two main programs Katrina focused on was the Sesame WASH UP! Program, which was funded by World Vision Zambia and Sesame Street, and the Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Program. The Sesame WASH UP! Program focused on using muppets such as Elmo and Rahi to deliver WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) messages to children in rural schools and communities. On a weekly basis, Katrina evaluated the program in all 14 primary schools where WASH UP! was implemented. For MHM, Katrina facilitated a training meeting where school faculty, community members, and even church members were sensitized to the concept of menstruation. The main highlight of the training was the teaching of how to make reusable pads from materials they had at home. In addition to this, Katrina got to be a part of the planning of an Open Defecation Free (ODF) Day for a village.
Evan Newcomer, (Undergraduate, College of Engineering), a 2016 Co-op Scholar, spent 6 months working with World Vision Malawi in Mzuzu, Malawi within the Chikwina-Mpamba Area Program, which is in the northern zone. Evan worked with local project partners to design and conduct a study assessing the potential for domestic greywater reuse in rural, low-income communities, to reduce the burden of collecting potable water. The study consisted of administering household surveys throughout the Chikwina-Mpamba area and collecting and testing greywater samples for the presence of Total Coliform and E. coli. In addition to the greywater study, which was his main focus, Evan also tested community water points for bacterial contamination and created a map showing areas with high health risks, for World Vision and community stake holders to use.
Jerry John Nutor, (Nursing, College of Nursing and Health Professions), a 2016 Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Zambia in Sinanongwe, within the Sinazongwe Area Development Program, which is in the Southern Province of Zambia. Jerry conducted several health education program for pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and community health volunteers on prevention of malaria, prevention of STIs and HIV, family planning, breastfeeding, personal hygiene and importance of maintaining good sanitation. He focused on improving breastfeeding practices among mothers at the community level where he designed a tool for educating mothers to improve attachment during breastfeeding. In addition to this, Jerry also developed interest in examining factors influencing adherence and retention in care of pregnant women tested positive for HIV.
Kehinde Ogebule, (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working within World Vision Mozambique in Gaza, Mozambique within the Chibuto and Chivongoene Area Development Program in the Southern Zone. Kehinde assessed the aftereffects of installing boreholes in several communities. By conducting surveys in households, high schools and community clinics, Kehinde assessed the impact of WASH initiatives in relation to the new infrastructure. Kehinde also investigated how community members utilize the benefit of having potable water by assessing what daily activities that are productive to improve their quality of life--for instance child education, agriculture and construction. In addition, Kehinde also supported the Malaria project to evaluate healthcare providers, teachers and health committee's efforts in community education on Malaria prevention methods.
Paulina Ramirez, (Medical Student, College of Medicine), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Mozambique in both the Xai-Xai and Chibuto Districts in the Southern Region of Mozambique. Paulina conducted surveys within households, at middle schools, and at health centers to understand behavior change and impact MozWASH initiatives have had in the region. She focused on learning the factors of implementation of water boreholes, and the importance of a community dynamics as it relates to improved water infrastructure. Paulina assessed community perspectives on the importance of sustainable water resources and its relationship to health and sanitation. In addition to this, Paulina worked on a major malaria prevention project where volunteers and school-age youth from the community are taught ways to prevent malaria, and then empowered to teach other community members those lessons.
Sarah Robitaille, (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Zambia in Monze, Zambia within the Choongo Area Development Program, which is in the Southern Province. Sarah conducted surveys within schools to measure the impact of WASH on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) and female student absenteeism. She compiled reports on existing resources in the community and how WASH can formally integrate MHM into its program.
Anamika Saha, (Medical Student, College of Medicine), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Zambia in Monze, Zambia with the Choongo Area Development Program, which is in the Southern Province. Anamika conducted interviews with mothers with children under age five to examine the impact of water, hygiene and sanitation(WASH) initiatives as they relate to a recent cholera outbreak that affected Monze. In addition, Anamika facilitated one of the regional summits which encompassed community representatives that spanned all age groups from 4 villages. The summit was held to learn of community specific limitations within the villages, as well as to develop a plan for World Vision to better address these issues.
Shedane Shaw, (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Zambia in Chipata, at the Makungwa ADP is in the Eastern Province. Shedane conducted field research to evaluate the impact of a community-led total sanitation open defecation free campaign that was initiated in 2012. Her work involved the creation and administration of a qualitative survey that assessed the change in knowledge of and attitudes toward open defecation in community residents, school children, headmen, and the chief in the Madzimawe chiefdom. Shedane's findings and field date were translated into a qualitative research submitted on behalf of World Vision Zambia.
Svenja Schneider, (Medical Student, College of Medicine), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Senegal in Kolda, Senegal within the Mampatim Area Development Program, which is in the Southern Region. Svenja conducted home visits and administered questionnaires to evaluate the efficacy of Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS). Through comparison of defecation practices, hygiene and contamination understanding, and hand-washing practices, she was able to show the success of CLTS in eliciting lasting behavior change and also identify barriers to change and elements of the program that need improvement.
Alexandra Skula, (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Ghana at the Ghana Integrated - WASH (GI-WASH) Regional Office in Savelugu in Ghana's Northern District. Alex conducted focus groups to compare communities that had been certified as Open Defecation Free and communities that practiced open defecation to determine how they differ in knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs. Comparisons across communities that were and were not triggered with Community Led Total Sanitation efforts were made as well. Additionally, Alex supported the Monitoring and Evaluation department of the GI-WASH office in report writing and documentation, as well as compiling materials for Ghana's Sesame Street WASH Up! program.
Mom “Nini” Tatah Mentan, (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a 2016 Research Scholar, spent three weeks in Rwanda with World Vision advancing some of her previous work she led as a 2015 Scholar. Nini returned to Rwanda to complete her master’s thesis work assessing the health impact of WASH on orphans and vulnerable children in Mugombwa Refugee Camp.
Meinkeng Stephannie Acha-Morfaw (Graduate, College of Medicine), a 2015 Scholar, worked in Karongi, Rwanda within the Byiringiro Area Development Program, which is in the Western Zone. Stephannie conducted surveys within households, at schools, health centers and community hygiene clubs to measure the impact of WASH on children's health, children's education, and the economic impact to the children's families. She focused on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) where she compiled reports on existing resources for the community and how WASH can formally integrate MHM into its program.
Oyinkansola Aderele (Undergraduate, College of Engineering), a 2015 Scholar, spent her spring/summer co-op working with the Mazabuka community in Zambia. Oyin worked with the Mazabuka Area Development Program improving boreholes. She also offered on suggestions for more efficient drilling practices, while educating the communities on rehabilitation and maintenance.
Ruth Boansi(Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a 2015 Scholar, worked within the Southern Africa Region in Zambia. She assisted the Sinazongwe Area Development Program with several of their WASH education initiatives. Most notably, Ruth evaluated the health and social markers of communities with successful Mechanized Water Systems.
Christina Bowles (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a 2015 Scholar, worked in Chipinge, Zimbabwe helping the Chipinge Area Development Program, evaluating ways to increase the sustainability of the functionality of water points with an emphasis on improving the functionality of water point committees.
Heidi Elnathan (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a 2015 Scholar, worked in Lugazi, Uganda helping the World Vision Mukono/Buikwe Cluster office assess hand hygiene among health workers and the provision of hygiene and sanitation training to new mothers in Health facilities that provide MNCH (Maternal, New Born and Child Health) services.
Andy Fox (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a 2015 Scholar, worked out of the World Vision office in Savelugu, in Northern Ghana. Andy worked on a project called “Software" where a team of World Vision personnel went into local communities to talk with people about hygiene behavior and the use of latrines, water stations, and other WASH programs. Demonstrations were done using a water treatment product that was developed by Proctor and Gamble.
Itoro Inoyo (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a 2015 Scholar, worked in Balaka, Malawi where she supported the World Vision Malawi office, working with both the Ntcheu and Balaka Area Development Programs. Itoro facilitated and assisted in the monitoring and evaluation of ongoing MNCH projects under World Vision's Malawi's WASH office, which focuses on improving health outcomes related to diarrhea, HIV/AIDs, acute respiratory diseases and malaria.
Gregory Kunkel (Undergraduate, College of Arts and Sciences), a 2015 Scholar, worked in Tamale, Ghana with the World Vision team in one of the most advanced water treatment labs in the entire continent. At the Regional Water Quality Lab, Greg helped advance a variety of initiatives that the World Vision Tamale Area Development Program currently has underway.
Beatrice Mwonga (BS/MS, College of Engineering), a 2015 Scholar, returned to her home country of Kenya, to assist the World Vision WASH team in Nairobi on infrastructure enhancements. Her work directly benefited communities that she has grown up in witnessing firsthand the importance of proper WASH infrastructure.
Leah Popek (Undergraduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a 2015 Scholar, worked within the Southern Africa Region in Zambia. She assisted the Sinazongwe Area Development Program with several of their WASH education initiatives. Most notably, Leah evaluated the health and social markers of communities with successful Mechanized Water Systems.
Mom “Nini” Tatah Mentan (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a 2015 Scholar, was located in the Karongi District, in the Western Province of Rwanda and worked within the Byiringiro Area Development Program. Nini used survey questionnaires to assess, the health, economic, educational impact of WASH on orphans and vulnerable children. She also used survey questionnaires to evaluate management of water and sanitation infrastructures, community based environmental health programs and WASH in schools.
Tara Tobin (Undergraduate, College of Arts and Sciences), a 2015 Scholar, completed a successful spring/summer co-op placement in Zambia. Tara worked with the World Vision Choongo Area Development Program leading several projects including improving WASH in schools and WASH education in local communities.
Valerissa Baker (Undergraduate, College of Arts and Sciences), a 2014 Scholar, was the first recipient of the Dornsife Global Development Scholars program. She spent her spring/summer 2014 co-op in Zambia working with World Vision on intervention programs improving hand washing, personal hygiene, and menstrual hygiene practices.
Reeti Sharma (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a 2014 Scholar, was the first international experience recipient of the Dornsife Global Development Scholars program. She spent her summer 2014 term in Malawi working with World Vision and the Mzuzu University collecting data examining water quality in northern Malawi.