Category Archives: Global Health

SIT Study Abroad Attends First American Mock World Health Organization Conference

On Sunday, October 5, SIT Study Abroad university relations manager Mory Pagel spoke at the first American Mock World Health Organization (AMWHO) conference, hosted by University of North Carolina’s (UNC’s) Gillings School of Global Public Health. Neha Acharya, a senior at UNC, organized the weekend-long event after attending a Mock WHO conference in Canada. More than one hundred students from all over the country participated. The theme of the conference was “Health in Times of Conflict.” Among the topics discussed were poor sanitation and the spread of infectious diseases following conflict and healthcare challenges among refugee populations. Pagel was one of three guest speakers, who also included Steven Wayling, who has worked for the World Health Organization for 25 years, and Heather Davis, a researcher who has worked extensively in the field of public health. Pagel provided an introduction to … Continue reading

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[Photo Essay] Facing the War: Voices of Liberian Women

In early 2014, SIT Graduate Institute professor Charlie Curry-Smithson led a three-week field course in Liberia focused on post-war societal change. Mathilde Simon, a photographer and student of Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation from Paris, France attended the course and  focused her camera on the ways women were adjusting to life after Liberia’s civil war. Scroll through her photo essay below, and learn more about the women she met while traveling in Liberia and Monrovia.

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Female economic exclusion and inequality leads to underdevelopment

By Gabriel Ortiz-Barroeta: Communications Department Mother’s Day is a holiday during which many people honor that one person who has always been there unconditionally for them. Unfortunately, in many parts of the world, society hasn’t been there for those who give unconditionally. Despite great advances in the world, many women still don’t enjoy the basic right of full economic inclusion. Countries that deny women this essential right deprive themselves of sustainable economic development by undermining growth and the creation of human capital. At World Learning, we are proud to consider global gender equality an essential part of our work. Above all, the issue of gender inequality is a moral one. More than 50 percent of the world’s population is female, making the fact that women are discriminated against in the basic right to participate in economic activities unjust and disgraceful. … Continue reading

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Scaling Up Efforts to Prevent Disease in Tanzania

By Max Perel-Slater, Advancing Leaders Fellow 2013, SIT Study Abroad: Tanzania 2009 The Kuku Cup I’m about two months into the Advancing Leaders Fellowship training courses, and so far they have been an invaluable part of the planning process for the expansion of the Maji Safi Group (MSG) programming. For the last year, the MSG has operated within one group of villages, but we’re hoping the new Community Resource Center will scale up the project’s impact to a district level. We’ve already gotten started on a couple new programs. This month the MSG has started a soccer tournament series called the Kuku Cup (the winner gets a kuku, or, chicken). Before each game, the players attend a disease prevention activity facilitated by the MSG Community Water Workers. So far the tournaments have been a huge success. Currently three villages have … Continue reading

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Creating a Sense of Belonging for Vulnerable Children in Ethiopia

After losing her parents seven years ago, Rhobot moved to Shawshamenee in central Ethiopia to live with her ailing grandmother. But because of her new household and care responsibilities, her academics suffered. “I missed school to prepare food for my grandmother and wash her clothing,” Rhobot said. Two years ago, her grandmother’s condition worsened, so Rhobot moved to Halaba to live with her aunt, and enrolled in Halaba Edget Primary School. Like many schools in Ethiopia, Halaba Edget has a large population of students that have lost one or both parents to AIDS. After enrolling, Rhobot began to receive support from World Learning’s School-Community Partnership Serving Orphans and Vulnerable Children Affected by HIV/AIDS (SCOPSO) project. It provided her with vital resources to thrive in school. This assistance helped change her attitude about school and her academic performance significantly improved. “Before, … Continue reading

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World Learning screens “Wretches and Jabberers” to promote a more inclusive world.

Last week World Learning hosted a screening and discussion of the film Wretches and Jabberers, about two men with autism working to change perceptions about intelligence and disabilities. World Learning President and CEO Donald Steinberg and Charlotte McLain-Nhlapo, coordinator of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office for Disability and Inclusive Development, opened the screening by discussing the importance of inclusive development practices. Steinberg said it is essential to involve historically marginalized groups, such as persons with disabilities, in efforts to create “a more inclusive, democratic, prosperous, and peaceful world.” “We simply can’t afford to waste the talents of the 10 to 15 percent of the world’s population who have disabilities,” he said.  “At World Learning, this means ensuring that we are organizing specific development, exchange, and education programs for people with disabilities; prioritizing issues of disabilities in all … Continue reading

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Empowering At-Risk Youth in Jamaica

Blanka Homolova, director of HIV/AIDS programs at World Learning, recently traveled to Jamaica to visit the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Grants Solicitation and Management Program (C-GSM), which focuses on strengthening the capacity of local organizations working with populations at most risk for HIV. As a part of the C-GSM program, World Learning manages small grants on behalf of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Children First is one of these beneficiary organizations and promotes HIV prevention and empowerment in vulnerable communities through work with at-risk youth and health care and support workers. The organization implements remedial education and vocational and skills training in Spanish Town to improve employment opportunities for populations vulnerable to contracting HIV due to their socioeconomic circumstances. Blanka visited one of the programs, which trains young people in cosmetology and barbering, and shared these photos.

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Q&A with Senior Vice President Carol Jenkins on World Learning’s HIV/AIDS Programs in the Caribbean

In 2011, the United States Agency for International Development awarded a $9.8 million Cooperative Agreement to World Learning’s Grants Solicitation and Management Program to provide grants and capacity building services to nongovernmental organizations in Jamaica and the Bahamas. Carol Jenkins is the senior vice president for World Learning’s International Development and Exchange Programs and has had the opportunity to visit World Learning’s programs in Ethiopia and the Bahamas. She will be traveling to Jamaica this March with members of the World Learning’s Board of Trustees. How does World Learning’s HIV/AIDS work in the Bahamas and Jamaica compare to its programming in Ethiopia? From what I have seen, there are many similarities in our work across the programs, though of course the context is always unique. In all of the locations around the world where World Learning implements programs, we work … Continue reading

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New World Learning Programs in 2013

Luckily the world didn’t end on December 21, 2012. We’re especially thankful, as World Learning staff have been working so hard on all the programs we’ll be debuting in 2013. Read on to find out more about some of our newest initiatives. This year we’ll expand our alumni support by launching The Exchange, an online forum dedicated to sharing ideas, resources, and networks. The Exchange aims to help alumni achieve their potential and increase their global impact by creating social and professional networks; offering symposia, conferences, and virtual events to inspire and enable life-long learning and engagement; and sponsoring fellowships that provide training, mentoring, and seed funding for a new generation of social innovators and leaders. Look for more information about The Exchange to be posted on the World Learning website in March. SIT Study Abroad will also launch four … Continue reading

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2012 World Learning Changemakers

2012 was quite a year for World Learning, from celebrating our 80th anniversary, to new program developments across the board.  To end 2012 on a high note, we reached out to our program staff, faculty, and academic directors to learn about some of the most innovative and energetic young World Learning Changemakers. Below is a list of extraordinary young people who have passed through World Learning in recent years as. Keep an eye out for these names, as we expect to hear much more about them in the years to come. Hiba Ahmed and Marwa Athari – Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program Upon returning to Iraq after the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program, Hiba Ahmed and Marwa Athari  teamed up to create Healthy, Clean, Green Iraq, a group that encourages social change and grassroots activism in their hometown of Najaf, … Continue reading

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