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2006-07 Global Field Experience Fund Winners


Davida Becker
The purpose of my qualitative study was to learn from adult female family planning clients about their experiences with family planning services and their perceptions of the quality of these services.


Chantelle Boudreaux
The goals of my project were to develop, implement, and analyze a survey analyzing local attitudes and perceptions regarding VCT (Voluntary Counseling and Testing) and CVCT (Couples Voluntary Counseling and Testing) in Kalifi, Kenya, and the role of environmental degradation in the spread of HIV/AIDS in Kalifi.


John Cranmer
This project assessed gaps in optimal nutritional care for HIV patients, suggested resources to address/minimize limitations and empowered providers to actively refer malnourished patients to adjunct care in Ethiopia.


Andreea Creanga
The immediate goal of this project was to assess the use of family planning services by post-abortion care (PAC) clients in the two main teaching hospitals in Ghana: Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi.


Alisha Creel
The purpose of my project was to evaluate the Malawi BRIDGE Radio Dairies, a weekly radio program presenting personal narratives of two diarists, one male and one female, who are HIV positive.


Stephanie Farquhar
The purpose of my internship was to work with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative to do preparatory work on their site and community, epidemiology, and research preparedness feasibility studies.


Kyla Hayford
The two main objectives of my project were to identify the goals, strengths, and weaknesses of the Demographic Surveillance System (DSS) from the lead researchers of Insitute of Public Health in Uganda, and to gain first-hand experience doing every step of the DSS process -- from date collection to analysis.


Yan Hong
The purpose of my study was to research psychosocial factors and HIV risk behaviors among female sex workers in Guangxi, China.


Samar Khoury
My project examined the patterns of water utilization (quality and quantity) in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon and conducted a general screening of contaminants to characterize what is in the water that may be responsible for the high incidence of disease in the camp, especially during the summer months.


Barbara Koloshuk
My project focused on HIV behavior change project in Uganda. I was based at the field offices in Lyantonde, Uganda and for four months I worked with local staff to carry out semi-structured interviews with youth in Lyantonde regarding HIV/AIDS and sexual health.


Ji Li
The ultimate goal of my project was to develop daignostic criteria and test the feasibility and effectiveness of intervention approaches to metabolic syndromes among Chinese children while at the Capital Institute of Pediatrics in Beijing.


Sara Lowther
The purpose of my research was to assess the impact that Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) had on the level of community measles immunity in Lusaka, Zambia.


Marissa Mika
I worked as an intern at the TAC's (Treatment Action Campaign) Cape Town office. As an intern, I provided research support on monitoring and evaluating the progress of the national antiretroviral rollout in South Africa as well as monitoring the patient outcomes at the Khayelitsha field site in Cape Town.


Sharon Nappier
The purpose of my study was to conduct health indicator and exposure assessments of households in two rural communities in the South African Province of KwaZulu Natal (KZN); the assessment was a pilot study conducted in conjunction with the installation of sustainable ram pump irrigation systems as part of  JHU Engineers.


Morgan Philbin
The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of implementing interventions that will reduce transmission of HIV and other blood-borne infections among injection drug users (IDUs) in Tijuana, Mexico.


Lindsey Reynolds
The goal of my study was to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa, to see the gaps in knowledge and my areas of potential contribution, and to make an informed choice as to the field site, structure, and perspective of my dissertation research.


Laura Steinhardt
The purpose of this service learning study is to examine how Cuba, a lower-income country, has achieved remarkable health and development outcomes.



Jessica Tuchmann
The purpose of my proposed field experience was to investigate methods of emerging disease surveillance at live animal markets ("wet markets") in China.


Meera Venkatesan
The purpose of my study was to participate in the 17th annual Biology of Disease Vectors Course held in Liverpool, England; the course was taught by faculty from around the world who are experts in an array of fields related to the study, prevention, and control of vector-borne diseases.


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