Undergraduate Student, Duke University
Rifah’s primary academic interests are within the fields of Neuroscience and Global Health. The Duke Bass Connections project “Improving Neurosurgical Outcomes in Uganda” combined both of them. She wanted to be part of a program which actively works to tackle the inequities in medicine on a global level. With her team, she was given the opportunity to travel to Kampala, Uganda and work in the Neurosurgery Ward. This was hands-on experience for her and was very important to her. It allowed her to gain a deeper understanding of the culture and see how medicine takes form in low-resource settings. She likes that the team was able to maintain a good relationship with the doctors and nurses at Mulago Hospital and that they can consult them when they are in the process of developing new interventions.