Daniel Yeboah-Kordieh, 2014, Chemistry
Interested in learning more about public health delivery, I spent two months interning with Liberia’s National Malaria Control Program. I participated in a weeklong training program about malaria for nurses and also sat in at various public health policy setting and evaluation meetings. I also worked with the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Monrovia, the Montserrado County Health Pharmacist’s Office and Derek Willis, a researcher at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, to create a digital map of all health facilities in Montserrado County of Liberia. This map will be used for future research and monitoring work by various health organizations in Monrovia. In addition, I had an on–the-ground experience of public health delivery by travelling with a team to assist with monitoring and evaluation of mosquito net distribution and insecticide spraying programs in very remote areas of Liberia. This internship taught me a great deal about malaria and other tropical diseases. It also taught me more about the complexities inherent in tackling them, and cost-effective prevention and treatment techniques that have been adopted to suit the culture and low-income status of developing countries like Liberia, Ghana, and Ethiopia.