The siren song of Global Health in Nepal
this is for my USA readers. Most of the time I comment on events here in Nepal it’s directed to a Nepali audience. Not this time.
In USA these days the wish to include a Global Health experience into education is stronger than ever. For medicine, nursing, public health, and other specialties, the college or University graduate programs are testing the waters for clinical placements of various kinds. Nepal has always been an adventuresome choice for brave souls, and Nepal has a mystique about it that beckons.
Expanding the menu
The vast majority of North Americans go to just one or two locales in Nepal for an elective, and these are getting crowded. The magic gets diluted when it becomes a stop on the international trail. For example, one of the more popular places is now hosting up to a hundred foreigners at any given time. This changes the nature of the experience. A related question is “With twenty medical colleges in Nepal, why is it that only two or three become the hosts of the foreigners?”
Serving as a resource
At the spring 2016 meeting of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, I met many people who asked if I’d share contact information at all the places I go, and give advice as to what medical services were offered. So I plan to compile a sort of offbeat guidebook to the hospitals and schools with which I interface.
I’ll include photos, a description of the geographical location, pics of the buildings, and contact information of key people at each place.
Um, no. I’m not a booking agency. I think there are many different levels in which a professional person can participate in global health. My audience for this would be people with bonafide credentials that wish to gain perspective. This is not ” trekking with toothbrushes”nor is it volunteering at an orphanage or teaching English to Tibetan exiles. Those are worthwhile for some people, but not related to what I do when I am here.
So be on the lookout. If you have questions, send me an email.