News from medical student Sangita

Our new first year medical student Sangita has just returned from her first residential posting as part of her Community Based Learning and Education (CBLE). She describes her experience in her own words:

“My first residential posting went really very well.  I learn and enjoy a lot.  The CBLE posting was scheduled for 7 days. Our main objective was to familiarize about the physical, economic, environmental and socio-cultural determinants of health at ward level, and assess the existing health services at the Health Post.  We stayed at Padampokhari healthpost of Hetauda-13., Makwanpur. We tried to learn from community people. We conducted key informal interviews, with the the person in charge of the health post, the ward chairperson, the school principal and the Buddhist monastic, to find out about general status of health and its determinants. We also performed in-depth interview with 2 female community health volunteers to understand their duties and impact of their work on their life. The focus group discussion with a mothers’ group was also conducted to find out about social problems existing there. I hope our posting was really very meaningful for my studies.”

Sangita takes blood pressure
Sangita (1st left) with her classmates before heading out into the community
Sangita (centre) meets Buddhist monk
Focus group discussion
Sangita after a long day