To the editor:
While growing up in this tight-knit community and graduating from Skaneateles High School, I developed a strong and sincere desire to care for and help others. It has been my family and friends and the people of Skaneateles who I owe much of the credit to for paving the path to where I am today. When I recently made my decision to pursue a career in healthcare, I did so because I feel that it is the best possible way for me to use my skills and assets to help people in a very direct manner.
This upcoming summer, I have been lucky enough to receive the opportunity to travel to Cape Town, South Africa, and experience the immersion and volunteer exposure in the medical field that I have longed for.
Child Family Health International, (CFHI), is a non-profit organization consisting of worldwide health professionals and students dedicated to providing assistance to their international partners through grassroots community health projects. Through CFHI, I will have the privilege of spending four weeks in the month of June 2012 helping patients at a variety of community clinics associated with the Eerste River Hospital in the Cape Flats area, outside of Cape Town. I am unbelievably excited for this opportunity to help out while learning from the medical staff and public health associates in South Africa.
Please check out the link below to my program’s website to learn more about these efforts. The healthcare problems facing South Africa are vast:
In South Africa, the life expectancy at birth is approximately 49 years. At the end of 2009, an estimated 5.6 million South Africans were living with HIV/AIDS. South Africa has roughly 393 nurses and 74 doctors per 100,000 people.
In addition to volunteering my service for this time during the summer and paying for my own travel expenses, CFHI asks us to reach out to our own communities to help support the organization through personal fundraising.