When it comes to choosing a project most students opt to do one which involves staying in the UK, for example performing statistical analyses on existing datasets or conducting systematic reviews, there are many who choose to take either a placement carrying out a project at an overseas institution such as the Global Fund or the World Health Organization, or alternatively conduct fieldwork abroad in a low-to-middle income country such as in the examples provided below

Case studies

BCG Vaccination in Uganda:
In 2011 Elizabeth Anderson and Joseph Fitchett undertook their Global Health BSc projects in Entebbe, Uganda, working on “The influence of BCG vaccine strain on mycobacteria-specific and non-specific immune responses in a prospective cohort on infants in Entebbe, Uganda” and “Determining the prevalence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection among BCG-immunised children at 5 years of age in Entebbe, Uganda: an observational, cross-sectional study” respectively.

Sea-level Rise in Bangladesh:
In 2015 Zeina Fakhereddin and Jake Levi conducted fieldwork in coastal Bangladesh relating to their respective projects, “Climate change in Bangladesh: implications for health” and “The wider health impacts of climate change related salinization in littoral Bangladesh: An analysis towards a causal social-health framework”, both of which examined the impact of sea-level rise upon health outcomes in the region.

The gallery below is a collection of images taken from the case studies mentioned above and remind us of the importance of rural livelihoods and diet across the globe. Without good health and nutrition, people frequently find themselves in a position of being unable to make a living and feed themselves:

 

A scene from the area in Bangladesh

Bangladesh (2015): A scene from the area visited by Jake and Zeina

Local children having fun in the water

Bangladesh (2015): Local children having fun in the water

Dairy farming

Bangladesh (2015): Dairy farming

Arable produce

Bangladesh (2015): Arable produce

Entebbe fisherman using traditional methods

Uganda (2011): Entebbe fisherman using traditional methods

Entebbe lady dry curing the fish for food longevity

Uganda (2011): Entebbe lady dry curing the fish for food longevity

Elizabeth enjoys some time off

Uganda (2015): Elizabeth enjoys some time off