Prior to the start of fieldwork, each Intern had been given a public health topic to research and present to the team during orientation week. These topics included: 1) Injuries as a Public Health Problem (A. Bechtold) 2) Design and Continue reading Intern Presentations – PeerCorps-CIPCS
Most PeerCorps projects require extensive interaction with the local community. Although though Tanzania is officially bilingual (Swahili and English), the lingua franca is very much Swahili. The Swahili language (also called Kiswahili), is a Bantu language and the mother tongue Continue reading It starts with Swahili!
In continuing with the goal of improving educational access in rural Tanzanian communities, three portable computers were donated during the past month. Two to a local school and one to our dear friend Ngassa who is using the pre-loaded software Continue reading Three laptop computers donated in Nzega District – PeerCorps Trust Fund
We arrived in Nzega exhausted from a reasonably uneventful bus ride from Dar es Salaam. It was an 11 hour journey. A good night’s sleep at the Tazengwa Bible College took care of the rest. We were warmly greeted by Continue reading Arrival in Nzega – PeerCorps-CIPCS
Thankfully I had six months to prepare for my internship in Nzega, Tanzania with PeerCorps, because I was in contact with Mike Wilson starting in December 2012 with plans to begin the internship in June 2013. I made sure to Continue reading Internship tips and preparation – Alyssa Bechtold, M.P.H. candidate, Boston University
Injuries (whether intentional or unintentional) are among the most important contributors to death and disability in Tanzania. Despite their importance however, they continue to be an underappreciated area of study with no significant prevention programs being implemented despite evidence which Continue reading Nzega Injury Surveillance Project (NISP): Piloting an injury registration system in Nzega District, Tanzania – PeerCorps-CIPCS