There are many things I love about working in international public health. Among them are opportunities to work with inspiring scientists from around the world (such as my brilliant colleagues at the Rakai Health Sciences Program in Kalisizo, Uganda), and to meet vibrant young people of many different cultures, especially those excited to discuss science or public health.
Walking down the road one day in Kalisizo, I met a young man named Georgewilliam. He struck up a conversation, asking what I was doing in Uganda. When I mentioned being a public health scientist, his eyes lit up! He talked about his love for science, and was eager to discuss his studies in biology and chemistry. He was applying for a program in medical laboratory technology, and wanted advice on the application/interview process. I visited him the next day after work to talk about it, and we became fast friends.
A reproductive health epidemiologist who hopes to transmute her rage at social injustice and scientific denialism into something useful.