Camila Vega, 2012, Comparative Literature

I was an intern at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy (CDDEP) in New Delhi, India. There, I was able to learn not only about the general workings of health care and public policy in India, but also about antibiotic resistance and the necessity to recognize antibiotics as shared international resources. I assisted with writing policy briefs and content for the HealthyIndia.org website on topics ranging from cancer to staying healthy during the monsoon season. I also helped plan for the 1st Global Forum on Bacterial Infections: Balancing Treatment Access and Antibiotic Resistance, which CDDEP is hosting. Additionally, as part of my thesis research, I studied public responses to outbreak situations, such as the recent emergence of New Delhi Metallo-ß-Lactamase 1 (NDM-1) in India and abroad. Working with CDDEP broadened my overall concept of healthcare; helped me to think more critically about global issues, such as antibiotic resistance; and allowed me to develop a more nuanced understanding of public health policy in developing countries.