Carolyn Schafer is a Global Health Fellow working with Access Health Africa and World Altering Medicine based in Lilongwe, Malawi. Carolyn's fellowship started as of August, 2018. 

Hi! I am so excited to be working with Access Health Africa and World Altering Medicine as a Global Health Fellow. I am coming to Malawi from Cleveland, Ohio. I earned my Bachelors of Science in Biology from Saint Mary's College (Notre Dame, IN) and went on to receive my Master's in Public Health from Saint Louis University where I concentrated in Global Health and Epidemiology.

I have worked and lived abroad many times over the past few years in South Africa, Belize and most recently Burkina Faso where I was a Peace Corps Volunteer. This is my first time in Malawi and I am very excited about the work that AHA and WAM are doing and how I can create a lasting impact with both organizations.

Over the next year I hope to improve upon the many amazing programs that these organizations are making possible. My goal is to create sustainability through the monitoring and evaluation of these programs and by working with our Malawian community partners.

Since being on the ground in Malawi, I have created all of the data collection instruments for our Medical/Surgical trip that is beginning August 17 and will run through August 25. I have been working closely with Angela, the other Global Health Fellow to finish any logistical tasks needed to prepare for the trip. I have also met with all of our community partners throughout the country and am excited to work more closely with them. I am excited to use my skills and build upon new ones through this Fellowship and the programs that AHA/WAM have already created.