Child Family Health International
July 30, 2013
I participated in the Introduction to Traditional Medicine in India program through CFHI. Based in the north of India, we spent time in two different cities and also in a small village. This trip was absolutely INCREDIBLE. CFHI does a wonderful job providing the perfect amount of structure while also leaving freedom to explore a new place and really tailor the experience to fit personal expectations and goals. The doctors and homestays were all enthusiastic and open to developing lasting relationships, which really made the trip. I learned beyond what I ever would have expected about the integration of western and traditional medicine, and I believe that CFHI is the gold standard of what an NGO should seek to achieve. Their programs are community-based, instill a culturally sensitive and comprehensive understanding of global health issues, and provide quality care and opportunities for service-learning through collaboration without imposition. I would highly, highly recommend CFHI to anyone seeking to broaden their understanding of public health concerns around the world!
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To be aware of before embarking: Do not come in with the expectation of providing some huge service the people you're working with, or getting lots of clinical experience. I did A LOT of observing, listening, and learning with only a little bit of doing. In my opinion, this is best way to gain a deep and culturally relative understanding of global health issues, but if your expectations and goals are different you could be disappointed.
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