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From Vietnam to Kosovo: Photos & Stories the Focus for Global Health Evening Oct. 8

Vietnam hospital photo
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - An infectious disease doctor rounds in one of Cho Ray Hospital's crowded wards. (Photo by Alec Jacobson)

Photos of global health sites around the world and refugee life stories were the themes for the Global Health Evening on October 8, 2013. Hosted by University of Vermont Associate Professor of Medicine Majid Sadigh, M.D., director of Global Health at Danbury Hospital and Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN), the event was held in the Sullivan Classroom in the Larner Medical Education Center.

Local Vermont photographer Alec Jacobson presented photos from cities and villages in Africa, Asia and South America, including the PAP Hospital in Paraiso, Dominican Republic; Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and the village of Kasensero in Uganda. In collaboration with Sadigh, Jacobson has been traveling to these locations to capture life both in and out of the clinics and medical centers as partnerships are established for the growing UVM/WCHN global health program. The goal is for medical students, residents and faculty from the College to study at some of these and other locations, as well as invite students and physicians from these sites to UVM.

Ariana Lecaj, M.H.A., also spoke about her life and journey as a refugee from Kosovo. Lecaj works at WCHN as the primary care residency administrator and medical student coordinator for the primary care program.

“Global Health Series: A Mission Towards Change” presentations are held monthly throughout the academic year. Students, residents and faculty from the UVM College of Medicine, UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and Fletcher Allen Health Care are invited to attend the sessions, which include refreshments.

For more information about the series, contact Audree Frey in the UVM College of Medicine Office of Medical Student Education.