Over the last year, the Global Health Fellowship Program has sent almost 100 students around the world to learn about health systems in other countries. Last November, the long wall of Einstein’s “Main Street” in the Forchheimer Medical Science Building became a photo gallery that captured their experiences in images and words, a sampling of which appears on these two pages.
A committee of students curated the show, “Global Vision:
The Einstein Community Abroad.” The director of the fellowship program is Jill Raufman, M.S., M.P.H.
The ER Stock Ryan Arams Nuevo Hospital San Roque, Córdoba, Argentina
The medicine cabinet in the emergency room at Nuevo Hospital San Roque in Córdoba, Argentina, contains many little vials of most drugs anyone would need. Public hospitals are staffed with doctors and other healthcare professionals but are lacking in resources.
Health Education Hope Feldman
Immaculate, the woman on the right (holding a computer), is the psychiatric nurse at Kisoro District Hospital. She meets monthly with villagers to discuss health topics and to offer support. Here, she is showing a video of a child undergoing a crude tonsillectomy: the gapfura (or tonsil-scraping) procedure. As the people in the audience react with horror at the scene shown in the video, Immaculate concludes by urging them to keep their children away from this dangerous procedure.
Doctors in Training Marlis Gnirke
Village of Mane, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh (Indian Himalayas)
This was my spunky little friend from one of the villages where we set up clinics. She had been one of our last patients that day, so after clinic we played clapping games and took selfies on my phone. She quadruple-checked that we both had hearts. I’ll always have this memory—it was such a special feeling to connect beyond the boundaries of language and culture.
To Work for the People Is to Decide with the People! Mara Phelan Cange, Haiti
This photo was part of an image campaign created by our Social Medicine course. The goal: to raise awareness about the failure of reconstruction efforts following the 2010 earthquake. Please visit us on Facebook at Travay pou pèp la, se deside ak pèp la.
The Hike-In Clinic Ben Scoblionko Himachal Pradesh Region, Northern India
After hours of weaving and winding through the Himalayan mountains in northern India, we came upon a small clinic perched on the side of the narrow road overlooking the coursing river. The concrete walls were worn from dust storms and blizzards. Inside, the rusty frame of the only patient table sagged from decades of use, springs nearly brushing the dusty floor. This one-room clinic serves the local shepherds and farmers of the region.
Still Life with Gourds Elia Rackovsky
Caminito, Barrio La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
More than just an energizing herbal tea, mate (mah-tay) is a Latin American ritual that brings families together and tightens the bonds of friendship. It is as important as a handshake—or hug—in closing a business deal. Sweetened with sugar and sipped from a gourd through a metal straw, one drink is traditionally passed from person to person within a group. These silver-adorned gourds were for sale by their craftsman in the Caminito street market.