Visualizing the Risk

Visualizing the Risk

When I landed in the airport in Kisumu, Kenya, I was brought back to the day I first left Kenya for the U.S. as a young girl. Although I have returned to Kenya since then, I was overwhelmed by this particular experience as I never envisioned returning to my home country as a college student pursuing research in a field I always knew I was passionate about. From an early age, I found myself burdened by the needs and suffering of women. Women who never put themselves first so I can be where I am today. After committing to the Global Health major at Duke, I began searching for a mentor to engage in a research project with that would challenge my problem-solving abilities, and provide me with ample support to learn independently. I connected with Dr. Megan Huchko, and spent a few weeks this summer with her Cervical Cancer Screening & Prevention study based in Migori, Kenya, while also shadowing...
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Reproductive Health at Duke

Reproductive Health at Duke

When you hear the words ‘reproductive health’ what do you think of? Some may think of pregnancy, others the prevention of pregnancy. Maybe you think about the risk of HPV and cervical cancer, or the choice to decide your reproductive future. These are among the most important facets of reproductive health for both men and women. However reproductive health has much broader implications, and achieving optimal reproductive health can be challenging in many parts of the world. Pregnancy, contraception, safe motherhood, cervical cancer prevention, fertility goals, abortion, and gender-based violence are all facets of reproductive health that impact women throughout their lifespan.  Access to education and youth-friendly health services help young women navigate the transition through adolescence to educational and economic empowerment while avoiding early pregnancy and exposure to STIs and HIV.  Economic empowerment and respectful prenatal care ensure that women have a greater chance of deciding when to reproduce and doing so safely.  Strengthening and streamlining health care infrastructure through innovative...
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