Katie Baczewski (Nepal)

Katie Baczewski

Katie Baczewski (Care Women Nepal): Originally from the Seattle area, Katie earned a BA from Scripps College in Claremont, California. Prior to her fellowship she worked in the Dominican Republic and South Africa and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso, where she developed a deep interest in family planning and maternal health. Katie was studying for an MA in law and development at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, when she was deployed to Nepal. After her fellowship she wrote: “.I got to be at the ministry of health, talk to the Prime Minister, speak with UNFPA, leading gynecologists, watch the surgeries take place, tour the hospital, talk to journalists in Dhankuta, attend the health camp, and speak to rural women in their home villages. This really gave me a complete picture. This fellowship (also) built on some of the skills that I had already built during Peace Corps - flexibility, adaptability, and learning how to change directions. I also gained some valuable practice writing grant proposals and developing program outlines.” kbaczewsiki@advocacynet.org

08 Aug

A day in the life of a Peace Fellow

Every fellowship varies, but let me say this about mine: there is no such thing as an ordinary day. To begin with, I don’t always even know where I’m going to wake up. My time has been divided as follows: 5 days: Kathmandu 2 days: Biratnagar 3 days: a hotel in Dhankuta 1 week: a […]

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Posted Aug 08, 2014

03 Aug

The need to ask “Why?”

Lately I’ve been thinking about the narratives we use when we talk about public health. There are plenty of nuanced, complex analyses out there, but more often than not we treat health as a particularly black and white issue. Disease is the bad guy. Scientists and development practitioners are the good ones. We fight pathogens […]

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Posted Aug 03, 2014

17 Jul

Dispatch from a Health Camp

On July 4th & 5th, Care Women Nepal held its 3rd uterine prolapse screening camp. In some ways this was to be the climax of my summer – to finally see in person what it’s all about, to see the organization in action. I prepared myself for an exciting and exhausting weekend. On the night […]

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Posted Jul 17, 2014

07 Jul

In search of happy endings

A week or two ago, a nurse at the local hospital told me a story. It was about an old grandmother who was sitting by her son, who worked at the health clinic. He noticed a foul smell. He started asking his grandmother questions and, after probing deeper and deeper, discovered that she has uterine […]

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Posted Jul 07, 2014

15 Jun

What is uterine prolapse?

This summer I am working with Care Women Nepal, an NGO which is currently organizing health camps to treat women with uterine prolapse. It seems a good place to start in talking about our work to start with the question, What is uterine prolapse?  This is a more complex question than it may seem, as […]

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Posted Jun 15, 2014

13 Jun

Settling In

I had almost forgotten the highs and lows of being abroad. It’s different than just travel – it comes when you are trying to live somewhere, to establish a home for yourself, even if it’s not for long. And it comes with this kind of work – the amorphous, complicated, occasionally inspiring work of “international […]

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Posted Jun 13, 2014

11 Jun

Video Blog: Peace Fellow Training in DC

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Posted Jun 11, 2014

20 May

New beginnings

In a way I feel like this adventure has already started. I’ve packed my bags, sublet my room, said my goodbyes. At the same time, I have barely begun to wrap my mind around the summer which awaits me. I’ve thought of some of the practicals – what are my deliverables? Have I packed an […]

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Posted May 20, 2014





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