On June 7, the CPH students prepared activities for the children at the Mataderos neighborhood community center, El Centro Conviven. These activities were aimed at teaching the children and their parents about one of the neighborhood’s public health issues – animal bites and illnesses that can be transmitted through these bites. The students began by talking with the children about their pets and favorite animals, drawing pictures with them and explaining how while your pets can be like friends, they can also be dangerous. The kids were taught several tips to avoid bites: do not touch unknown animals, do not bother an animal that is eating, etc. Next, they played a game with the children, teaching them what to do if they do get bitten – wash the bite and go straight to the doctor. Lastly, we gathered the students together and sang a song written by one of the CPH students. During their time at the Centro Conviven, the students also helped vaccinate dogs and cats and handed out information.
GREETINGS FROM THE COMMUNITY PUBLIC HEALTH SUMMER PROGRAM!
All of the students arrived to Buenos Aires safe and sound and have been enjoying the city so far. They are went through the first days of adaptation and they managed it very well!
One of our first activities was the welcome dinner at the well-known local restaurant, Prosciutto, with a mix of Argentine and Italian cuisine. Then, they spent their first night at the Zentra Hotel and, the next afternoon, the students moved in with their host families in Buenos Aires after attending workshops about safety & security, housing and public transportation.
Below is a picture of CPH students when they were welcomed by the LA and URGD program students during an informal lunch. They all enjoyed chatting and eating together!!
During the weekend, the program also organized a city tour about the history of Buenos Aires focusing on the most relevant health-related topics.
On Wednesday, May 23, the students of the CIEE Summer Public Health program had the opportunity to visit two underprivileged neighborhoods to the north and south of Buenos Aires, Retiro and Flores, respectively, in order to visit the health centers in each, meet the directors, and discuss their public health issues, such as access to medication, reproductive health, water quality, housing for dense populations, working conditions of undocumented migrant workers, etc.
The 2013 Community Public Health Summer Program students have had the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of cultural activities so far. Among these, were a feast at the Potluck Patrio, a night of dancing at the Maldita Milonga, a tango concert at the Almagro Tango Club and a visit to the Exposición de la sociedad de trabajo at the Casa de Bicentenario. We look forward to sharing even more cultural activities with our students in the future!
EXCURSION TO IGUAZU
Last weekend, the 2013 Summer Community Public Health program took a trip to Puerto Iguazú and the Parque Nacional Iguazú in the northern Misiones region, which sits on the triple border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Over the course of three full days, we had the opportunity to attend a lot of community public health tours and lectures and see the incredible scenery that this region has to offer.
On Friday, we arrived in Puerto Iguazú after a rather long bus ride, ready to hit the ground running. We first headed to the Instituto Nacional de Medicina Tropical (INMeT) to learn all about one of the region’s main community health concerns: mosquitos and the diseases they can transmit, such as dengue and yellow fever. Afterward, we, along with INMeT health professionals, toured some of the town’s neighborhoods, gaining first-hand experience in the field.
On Saturday, traipsing through a torrential downpour, we toured the facilities at the Hospital SAMIC with one of the hosptial’s doctors, Dr. Nora del Valle Mendozo. We got to learn about the hospital’s infrastructure, interrelation with medical assistance and cooperation with MERCOSUR. Afterward, Dr. Beatriz Gonzalez led a talk concerned with the socio-sanitary reality of the region.
On Sunday, we took advantage of a gorgeous day to visit one of Argentina’s most beautiful nature reserves, the Parque Nacional Iguazú. Here, we not only toured the park to see the rainforest, wildlife and immense waterfalls, but also to talk about the public health concerns with influxes of tourist populations and its impact on the region.
Overall, it was an incredible trip, both academically and culturally!
Last year, the CIEE Study Center Buenos Aires hosted a traditional American feast – Thanksgiving dinner – in order to not only celebrate this holiday, but also to bring together American and Argentine cuisine potluck style. This year, on May 23, we held a similar potluck feast, this time celebrating the important Argentine holiday, the Semana de Mayo (May 18 – 25), which celebrates the moment when Argentina declared itself independent from Spain in 1810. This important holiday, like our Thanksgiving, is also an important culinary occasion, featuring typical Argentine foods, like empanadas, locro (a hearty thick stew) and pastelitos (a sweet pastry). This event, like Thanksgiving, intended to bring together two distinct cultures by sharing conversation, celebration, and, of course, delicious foods. The best way to get to know a new place is through its food!