Telugu and TB: healthcare ambitions in India

My musings, thoughts, stories, and progress during the course of Summer 2011 as I work through the Milana Foundation to start a health education program in rural India. Living in the Medak district in Andhra Pradesh for 12 weeks, I'll first spend some time doing research on the area before implementing our plans. This blog will be about both my own thoughts and the actual "stuff im getting done". Please feel free to contact me if you're interested, curious, or annoyed by something I've said. Thanks to all the beautiful people who've helped me make this even remotely possible!

Location

Medak, AP
India
  • Laura Ucik | September 6th, 2011
    Sitting here in Istanbul, it's surreal to reminisce on the oscillations of my last few days in Mathpally. It always amazes (and disappoints) me how dreadfully easy it is to forget and transition into a new frame of existence. But as usual, it's my...
  • Laura Ucik | July 28th, 2011
    I'm bubbling over with enthusiasm, expectations, and anticipation. Or something like that. Since my return to the villages Saturday, I've been furiously list-writing daily- a sure sign that I'm in getshitdone mode. On Sunday, I met with our recently...
  • Laura Ucik | July 22nd, 2011
    My time left is seriously narrowing, and we've been getting down to business lately. Susan has by now ventured off to further adventures in Bangalore, Pune, and Kerala with her massive and very Indian family. Which leaves me with just about three...
  • Laura Ucik | July 10th, 2011
    Ladies and gentlemen, the has come for me to rant about food. I'm neither gourmet chef nor legit food culture+policy guru, but having had to good fortune of living with one of each, I'll pretend for the next several paragraphs that some of it has...
  • Laura Ucik | June 24th, 2011
      Last week, I traded in my old partner in crime Nik, who's been gallivanting off in Shanghai and now back in New Jersey, for Susan, a Milana veteran from NYU. She's braved Chitti Kota with me and has added her own feminine charm to the...
  • Laura Ucik | June 15th, 2011
    This title is perhaps a little melodramatic, but Nik and I certainly encountered our share of quandaries after we set off to explore the splendors of Bombay (or Mumbai, as it is called officially now). The trip began almost ominously well. We...
  • Laura Ucik | June 3rd, 2011
    For this post, I'll try to restrain myself from telling more funtimes stories, and focus instead on the official business. Not that there haven't been funtimes- quite the opposite. But we've made lots o' progress, and I want to do it legitimate...
  • Laura Ucik | May 29th, 2011
      Well, world, as of Thursday Nik and I have been trolloping not through city streets and bustling markets, but rice paddies, eucalyptus fields, and dusty roads. We've left behind the wii and the family in Hyderabad to get our hands dirty in...
  • Laura Ucik | May 25th, 2011
      A series of hallways, buildings, and meetings later, we have encountered the glimmers of success! The past few days, Nik and I have been hunting for someone to hire to conduct a training for our health educators in the villages. And 'hunting...
  • Laura Ucik | May 23rd, 2011
      We arrived in India with the sunrise (the Hyderabad airport is dazzling at 5 am, with rows of palm trees and an open-air arrivals terminal) and drove into the city where we've been staying with Nikilesh's aunt and uncle these first couple...
  • Laura Ucik | May 17th, 2011
    This first post comes to you all from a bus somewhere between Providence and New York City, where Ethiad airlines will pick me up and ferry me all the way to Hyderabad. I'm kind of all over the place right now, and am looking forward to the 20...