Making mapping matter: a case study for short project international partnerships by global public health students
Potter, James R.
Weaver, Jennifer B.
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CitationWyber, Rosemary, James R. Potter, and Jennifer B. Weaver. 2014. “Making mapping matter: a case study for short project international partnerships by global public health students.” Global Health Action 7 (1): 10.3402/gha.v7.23593. doi:10.3402/gha.v7.23593. http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/gha.v7.23593.
AbstractBackground: A large number of global public health students seek international experience as part of their academic curriculum. These placements are often short, given the constraints of cost and time available within the academic calendar. In contrast to international electives for clinical students there are few published guidelines on practical, ethical or feasible projects. This paper describes a ten-day sanitation mapping project in Mumbai, India and explores the broader implications for global public health student electives. Methods: Three graduate public health students conducted a geographic review of sanitation facilities in Cheeta Camp informal settlement, Mumbai. Forty-six toilet blocks with 701 individual seats were identified. The project was reviewed ethically, educationally and logistically as a possible model for other short-term international projects. Conclusions: Clearer guidelines are needed to support non-clinical placements by global public health students. Projects that are feasible, relevant and meaningful should be foster maximise benefit for learners and host communities.
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