A farewell

200 Wanderlust Days

I only have one more day left here at Chirag before I leave for Delhi. One day. I can’t believe that I have spent more than two months here, inhaling the fresh mountain air, hiking, having all the time in the world to just talk with people and learn about the both curative and preventative aspects of rural health (and the culture and lifestyle of Kumaoni’s, more than anything!). And I guess this will be my reflection post on what I have learned, how I have changed, and how it will affect my future, as well as a thank you to all the incredible people I have met during my time here (not to be too sentimental).

Before this experience, I had never worked or studied outside of the United States. All recounts of health in other countries and cultures were absorbed through the medium of a lecture or book…

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About Eileen Wang

Hi everyone, my name is Eileen and I am a recent graduate from the University of Pennsylvania (C'16) where I majored in Health and Societies (global health), and minored in Anthropology. There, I traveled extensively, delving into the world of global health. The summer of 2014, I interned at Chirag (Central Himalayan Rural Action Group) in Simayal Village, Uttarakhand, India, where I worked on a maternal-child health project examining neonatal care practices in the area. The fall of 2014, I studied abroad on International Honors Program: Health and Community and traveled to Delhi, India; Cape Town, South Africa; and Sao Paulo, Brazil. I chronicled those experiences in my blog 200wanderlustdays.wordpress.com. Check it out if you wish to learn more! The summer of 2015, I conducted independent thesis research in Shanghai, China, on the high rates of C-sections and, in particular, those on maternal request. From 2016-17 I am continuing those lines of research as part of a Fulbright Fellowship to China, in Harbin and then Hangzhou.