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  • Locations: Banjul, Gambia; Dakar, Senegal
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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Drexel in Senegambia: Global Health

Mariah Benjamin

Program Overview

The theme and geographic focus of this 6-credit graduate course is on maternal and child health in The Gambia and Senegal. The course begins online with site and theme specific training, required readings, a pre-departure orientation, as well as global health ethics and cross-cultural training assignments. Students will then travel as a class to West Africa to complete a daily itinerary of site visits and be mentored through the overall field experience by the course instructors in collaboration with preceptors from partnering NGOs, international agencies, and the Ministry of Health.
The class will cover a variety of region-specific health topics to include:

  • Reproductive Health
  • Nutrition and Food Security
  • Health Promotion
  • Environment Health and Infectious Diseases
  • Community-led Health Interventions
  • Disease Prevention
  • Urban Planning
  • Traditional Medicine
  • Healthcare Infrastructure
  • Policy and Public Health in LMIC

Upon completion of this course and the field experience, students will be able to:

  • Understand the meaning and importance of maternal and child health in global health and international development
  • Identify sources of evidence-based strategies for the design and evaluation of maternal and child health, health promotion, and disease prevention programs in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Understand major implementation issues, common barriers to implementation, and strategies for minimizing barriers to implementation of global health programs in a developing country
  • Identify strategies for scaling up and sustaining maternal and child health programs in global health and applying global health competencies and skills to real-world problem solving
  • Demonstrate practical skills such as collaboration and partnering, ethical reasoning and professional practice, social cultural and political awareness, health equity and social justice in a situation that approximates some aspect of professional practice in global health and international development.

 While in Senegal and The Gambia, you will work with collaborators and programs supported by:

  • Ministere de la Sante et de L'Action Sociale
  • Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • The Global Fund
  • World Health Organization
  • World Vision


This is a 6-credit graduate course on maternal and child health in The Gambia and Senegal.

Shannon P. Márquez, PhD, MEng

Program Contact
Sabrina DeVose, Academic Coordinator for Global Health Programs

Program Calendar

Departure Date: August 7, 2018
Arrival Date: August 8, 2018
Departure Date: August 27, 2018

Tentative Itinerary:

Date Themes Activities Lead Facilitator
Tuesday - Day 1   Leave from JFK to Dakar  
Wednesday - Day 2 Food Security & Nutrition WV Senegal  
Thursday - Day 3 MCH & WASH WV Senegal  
Friday - Day 4 Rest Day Settle in at Tendugal Guest House Marquez/Mock/DeVose
Review Policies, Procedures, Safety/Security and Tentative Itinerary
Saturday - Day 5 Maternal & Child Health Services
Traditional Medicine
Visit Mary Joof (Nurse/Mid-wife and Director of Child & Mother Care, NGO) Mock/Joof/Marquez
Walking survey* of Bakau community
Batik Art Demonstration and Exhibition (Baboucar Faal) Faal
Sunday - Day 6
Primary Health Care,
Traditional Medicine (socio-spiritual)
Community Health
Visit to Brufut Health Center, Brufut Fisheries
Session with a Traditional Healer in Ghanatown
Monday - Day 7 Primary Health Care/MCH
Visit to private health clinic in Tanji Vibert/Mock/DeVose
Walking survey* of Tanji Fish Market; Visit to Tanji Village Museum
Tuesday - Day 8
From Bathurst to Banjul
Environmental Burden of Disease (Breakfast Lecture by Dr. Marquez)
Wednesday - Day 9 Neonatal Health Interventions
Tertiary Health Care/
“Powering Rural Health”
Overview of HBB & HBB+ (Breakfast Lecture by Dr. Vibert)
Visit to Bwiam Hospital
Thursday - Day 10 Epidemiology & Disease Surveillance; Primary Prevention Overview of the Regional Health Directorate (Western II); Epi Disease Surveillance; National Nutrition Program; and Reproductive Health
Visit to Brikama Craft Market
Friday - Day 11 HBB Training (optional) and
Visit to the beach (afternoon)
Interested students will have the opportunity to get certified in HBB (to reduce neonatal mortality in resource-limited settings).  A trip to the beach is planned for the afternoon Vibert/Mock/DeVose
Saturday - Day 12
“Reconnecting” A day trip to the historical sites of Albreda & James Island (an important historical site in the West African Slave Trade; a UNESCO World Heritage Site) Mock/DeVose
Sunday - Day 13 Rest Day Settle in at Tendugal Guest House Marquez/Mock/DeVose
Review Policies, Procedures, Safety/Security and Tentative Itinerary
Monday - Day 14 Univ of The Gambia MPH Prog   Mock/Joof/Marquez
Visit to UTG MPH Program
Tuesday - Day 15
Social Determinates of Health & Development Visit to National Museum (History of Banjul and The Gambia);
Walking survey* of Banjul & Albert Market
Wednesday - Day 16 Comparative Health Care Breakfast Lecture Cuba v West Africa, HBB in Service Day at Bwaim Hospital w/midwives Vibert/Mock/DeVose
Thursday - Day 17
Biodiversity, Planetary Health and Sustainability
Visit to Gunjur with GEPADG  
Friday - Day 18 “A Day in the Community” Visit to Bakau & Katchikali Fertility Pool  
Saturday - Day 19 Rest Day Monkey Park and Beach, Culture Night  
Sunday - Day 20 Roots & Border Health Issues Travel to Juffereh
Visit to Essau Health Center (Gambia/Senegal Border)
Travel to Dakar, Settle in at Via Via
Monday - Day 21   Depart from Dakar to JFK Mock/DeVose

*A walking survey is a systematic observation made on foot to help better understand either the community in general or a specific condition or aspect of it.  It can be the easiest and quickest way to get an overview of the entire community and can be used to assess general community needs—to estimate the poverty level, for example—or to examine more specific facets of the community’s physical, social, or economic character, such as:  the age, nature and condition of the community’s housing; infrastructure needs—electricity, water, drainage; the presence or absence of functioning businesses, commerce or agriculture; amount of activity on the streets, based on time of day; basic demographics, etc.

Program Fee: $3500

In addition to the program fee, there will be a $25 application fee.

Due 04/1/2018 - $500 Advance Payment + $25 Application Fee
Due 06/01/2018 - $3000 Final Payment

*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • Round trip international airfare from JFK to Dakar, Senegal (group flight via Delta Airlines)
  • Room and board (guest house double occupancy)
  • Dakar airport transfer
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Entry fees to all cultural and health site visits listed on the itinerary
  • Local transportation for all group events listed on the itinerary
  • OnCall emergency assistance
Not Included in Program Fee:
  • domestic travel and accommodations to and from JFK Airport
  • Additional meals and site seeing
  • Non-program related excursions

More Information

  • To apply, contact Sabrina DeVose, Academic Coordinator for Global Health Programs via email or at 267.359.6042

  • Health and Safety:
    • Students are responsible for acquiring vaccines for this trip on their own. In addition to routine vaccines, students will need to visit a doctor that specializes in Travel Medicine.  The CDC information page for The Gambia includes a link to find a Travel Medicine clinic near you.
    • Students must present evidence of Yellow Fever immunization for entry to Senegal.
    • Please read the CDC pages thoroughly, obtain all recommended vaccinations, and heed their suggestions for maintaining your health and securing your safety

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/01/2018
04/16/2018 08/08/2018 08/27/2018

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This program is currently not accepting applications.