GHIC 2019: Global Health & Innovation Conference
April 13-14, 2019
Yale University, New Haven, CT

Student Leaders in Global Health: Patient Care Barriers & Community-Based Health Intervention

"Cultural Barriers to Vision Care in Three Non-Western Countries," Alim Ramji, Undergraduate Student, University of Oklahoma; Unite For Sight Global Impact Lab Alumnus

Alim Ramji conducted research while volunteering for four months as a Unite For Sight Global Impact Fellow in Ghana, Honduras, and India. Ramji surveyed patients at Unite For Sight’s partner clinics in order to understand healthcare barriers, hoping that these results will help doctors provide treatments that are more effective. Ramji found that, in all three nations, the majority of the patients surveyed had no “knowledge about treatment options” prior to treatment—in Ghana, 85% of patients did not know about treatment options, whereas in India, 53% of patients were unaware. One primary barrier to treatment, especially in Ghana, was lack of access to hospitals. In addition to sharing results from the trip, Ramji also discussed his overall impression of the overseas medical experience as very enlightening and rewarding.