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Review for Child Family Health International, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 3 stars  

I participated in the HIV/AIDS healthcare in Durban, South Africa program. I was able to learn a great deal about HIV/AIDS through the community and public health venues. The greatest incidence of HIV/AIDS occurs in Durban therefore it is essential in learning more about this topic.

Before this trip my knowledge of HIV/AIDS existed in articles on global health forums and public health books. Now I can say I’ve been here in the thick of it. Through spending time in clinics, hospitals, staff, and public health leaders I’ve come back with so much more knowledge. I got to do this while living with a wonderful host mom and brothers who taught me the Zulu culture. I ate traditional food with my hands, spent time with HIV patients of all ages, saw the good a health system can do and the bad effects that an illness can have on a society. I would like to thank everyone for their support in getting me to this CFHI experience. I’m sad to be leaving already but glad to be getting home to share my experience and hopefully create awareness of HIV/AIDS and the importance of global public health.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Restructure the organization at this site and update the program book. The CFHI team in California are great but the team it seems there's some disconnect with the team in Durban.

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Role:  Volunteer