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Touro students help with health camps in India

5/23/2013, 4:18 p.m.
The women who had come to the makeshift "health camps" to see the student pharmacists...
Touro students help with health camps in India

Sometimes the students had to try to solve problems quickly and as best they could, even when there were no obvious solutions. For example, women with decreased lung function reported that they lived in households with husbands or others who smoked; the students could only advise them to try to suggest that their family members smoke away from the house. Others rode motorcycles in New Delhi's highly polluted streets. "We could only tell them to wear scarves and keep their faces covered outside," recalled Tea.

Brown wanted to go home after the first day. "It was a bit intimidating at first," she said. But upon reflection, Brown concluded the trip was one of the best experiences of her life. "I saw how people lived and how they didn't have access to what we have. I saw the opportunity to educate patients and improve their quality of life."

Cate added, "The whole experience embodied the potential for what pharmacists can be in the realm of public health." Morataya said, "This is where I learned public health, and on a global level too."

Moore emphasized that the experience would not have been possible were it not for the assistance of the UHRC. "Their organization and skills will be integrated into our ongoing public health efforts here in Harlem," he said.