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Refugee Health

by Aiko Kaji, RN, MPH

I attended the North American Refugee Health Conference on June 12-14, 2016 in Niagara Falls, NY. I presented my independent study on Barriers to Healthcare Access Among Karen Refugee Children Living in Houston TX. The Karen were among the first ethnic minority groups to engage in armed struggles with the Burmese military government after Burma’s independence from British rule in 1948. Armed ethnic conflict within Burma has driven more than 130,000 refugees across the border into refugee camps within Thailand over the past three decades. Since 2005, more than 73,000 refugees from Burma have resettled in the United States.

Nearly 650 attendees, including medical doctors, nurses, public health officers and social workers joined the conference. The conference was eye-opening and encouraged me to purse my career in refugee health. I didn’t expect that such a huge number of people are interested in refugee health and are currently working for refugee populations in settings such as primary care clinics, refugee resettlement agencies, governmental institutes and international organizations in the United States and abroad.

I cannot stop thinking about a refugee’s story that one of the key speakers shared with the audience: about the life of a Karen refugee. A Karen refugee died of an asthma attack last year. His death could have been prevented if his wife, also a Karen refugee, had known how to call 911. This story shows how challenging their lives are. The presentation reminds me of Karen refugee mothers in Houston who did not know where to take their sick children.

Refugees are vulnerable and are often neglected from our mainstream society. Not only families and friends, but also communities and society, might have prevented the tragedy. During the conference, mass shooting violence in Orlando was on the front page of all the newspapers; the shooter was a son of Afghan immigrants. I really hope this does not lead to negative feelings toward refugees and immigrants. Rather than prejudice, we need to unify the diverse communities for our future.

Aiko Kaji is a second year PhD student at Tulane concentrating on migration and health. She is currently preparing for her prospectus defense, and plans to graduate in 2017/2018. Since 2007, she has worked extensively with Burmese/Myanmar refugees and migrants along the Thai-Burma/Myanmar border.



July 12, 2016 at 8:45 am Leave a comment

Job: Pediatric Nurse Educator, Sierra Leone

Welbodi Partnership is a UK based NGO and is recruiting a nurse educator to support the well-established nurses’ training office at the Ola During Children’s Hospital (ODCH) in Freetown, Sierra Leone. In addition, the (paediatric) nurse educator will help establish a nurse/midwife training office at the neighboring Princess Christian Maternity Hospital (PCMH) as well as support the newly established Paediatric Nurse Specialist training at the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS).
This rewarding position offers a unique opportunity to be involved in the development of human and institutional capacity, crucial for the rebuilding of the health system in Sierra Leone, with a focus in improving maternal, neonatal and child health.
Job specification
Job title: (Paediatric) Nurse Educator
Location: Ola During Children’s Hospital (ODCH), Freetown, Sierra Leone
Reports to: Country Director, Welbodi Partnership
Supports: Nurse training offices at ODCH and PCMH, Paediatric Nurse training at COMAHS
Duration: 12 months, with possibility of extension
Start Date: Mid-August / Early September 2014
Application Deadline: 25th July 2014

July 17, 2014 at 11:58 am Leave a comment

International job opening: Evidence Measurement & Evaluation

Position Description
Manager, Evidence Measurement & Evaluation (EME) 
1 year fixed term contract commencing September 2014
Founded in 2003, The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) aims to demonstrably improve the lives of children in developing countries by achieving large-scale, sustainable impact. The foundation does this by:
  • Finding and funding opportunities to make significant improvements to the well-being of large numbers of children, including efforts to mitigate climate change.
  • Designing investments with like-minded partners to address these opportunities.
  • Engaging with partners throughout the investment process to optimise direct and indirect impact.
  • Building a portfolio of consistently high-performing investments for children, primarily in Sub Saharan Africa and India and Climate Change investments, primarily in EU, Latin America and China.
The Foundation currently focuses on several priority areas:
  • Child Survival
  • Hunger Alleviation & Nutrition
  • Educational Achievement
  • Adolescent Reproductive Health
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Economic Readiness
  • Care Environment
  • Climate Change
With an endowment valued at over $4 billion, CIFF employs approximately 60 professionals in England, Africa and India. CIFF strives to couple business acumen and principles with development experience and best practices to transform the landscape for children. It seeks to be the gold standard in grant making and foundation operations.
For more information please visit


July 14, 2014 at 10:11 am Leave a comment

Women LEAD Fellowship, Nepal: DEADLINE 6/30

 The Women LEAD Fellowship is an opportunity for talented professionals and recent graduates to gain in-depth international field experience. They’re seeking a talented, organized, and passionate Development and Evaluation Fellow to implement our fundraising and evaluation plans in Kathmandu, Nepal. As a Fellow, you will receive a living stipend, pre-departure training, orientation, and ongoing professional development.
Job Title: Development and Evaluation Fellow
Supervisor: Executive Director
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk
Length of Fellowship: 10 months, start date in August 2014 (negotiable)
Deadline: June 30th2014
*Note: Travel expenses are the responsibility of the Fellow.

Women LEAD Nepal is the first and only leadership development organization for young women in Nepal. Since 2011, we have empowered more than 500 female high school students with the skills, support and opportunities needed to become leaders in their schools, communities, and nation. To learn more about Women LEAD Nepal and our programs, please visit
The Development and Evaluation Fellow will work closely with the Executive Director and a cross-cultural team to develop and deliver our fundraising strategy at a critical time of organizational growth and change. In addition, the fellow will work to structure and implement a monitoring and evaluation plan.
The Fellow must be a talented writer adept at explaining and promoting the importance of our work for a variety of audiences. S/he will fulfill an important role as we pursue grants and other funding sources, provide essential research for developing our grant prospecting and application strategy. In addition, the fellow will enhance the Women LEAD culture which emphasizes organizational learning, planning, and monitoring. An eagerness to learn and advance on the job is essential, as is an ability to adapt in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, and excel in new challenges. Well-suited candidates should have an interest in the empowerment of girls and women.

For immediate consideration, send the following to (include “Development and Evaluation Fellow” in the subject line of the email):
 Current resume or CV
 At least two writing samples (successful grant proposals preferred), and
 Cover letter detailing your interest in the position, highlighting relevant experiences and skills. 

The application deadline is Monday June 30th, but early submission is strongly encouraged as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview.
9818.553.355 01.6923979  
GPO 8975 EPC 2234, Kathmandu, Nepal 

Click below for job responsibilities & qualifications


June 16, 2014 at 11:02 am Leave a comment

Summer Program Webinars 5/15 & 5/30

Child Family Health International

Summer Program Webinars
May 15th & May 30th
Global health internships in Latin America, Africa, India
May Webinars: CFHI Summer Program Openings
CFHI is accepting applications for its global health programs on a rolling basis, which means there are spots left for select programs THIS summer for undergrad or grad level students of any major interested in health or medicine. 
Hear from CFHI alumni and staff on their 20+ programs, application process, typical day on program, scholarships, and more by joining a live webinar online– register for upcoming webinars May 15 or 30. 
What Makes CFHI Unique? 
CFHI runs 20+ Global Health Education Programs in 7 countries placing students in clinics and public health facilities alongside local health professionals. CFHIs 1-4 month service-learning experiences immerse students in global health realities around the world. CFHI is an official partner of the American Medical Students Association (AMSA) and an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations.
· 4-16 week placements year-round, alongside local healthcare professionals in underserved communities
· 50% of each CFHI program fee supports underserved communities abroad
· Rotations in clinics/hospitals or with public health facilities and NGOs 
· Spanish classes with medical Spanish instruction (Latin America Programs)
· In-depth health information lectures conducted by local health experts
Child Family Health International:  
Phone: 415.957.9000

May 14, 2014 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

Let the toilet revolution begin

Recent alumnus Anoop Jain is leading The Humanure Power Project, which seeks to convert toilet waste into power in India.

Recent alumnus Anoop Jain is leading The Humanure Power Project, which seeks to convert toilet waste into power in India.

The Humanure Power Project was launched by Anoop Jain, an MCHLT Scholar, during his first year at SPHTM and aims to provide sanitation  and electricity to rural India by building community toilets that harness methane gas from human waste to produce electricity for the community via 12-volt batteries. more>>

Visit Tulane SPHTM Global Health News to read this and other stories.

July 2, 2013 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

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