Global Activism: A Global Health Initiative Brings Peace Corps Volunteers, Universities and Healthcare Workers Together

August 19, 2010

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Andrew Dykens, with a Peace Corps Volunteer, the Village Chief in Saraya, his son and a local physician, photo by Andrew Dykens
When it comes to global health, there is a real divide between low income countries and wealthier nations. Most low income countries have a shortage of health care workers, particularly when it comes to primary care physicians.

Andrew Dykens is a physician at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He's also the founder of Peace Care.  It's a global health initiative that links universities, Peace Corps volunteers and healthcare workers together to help address public health issues in developing countries.

Andrew is a former Peace Corps volunteer himself and was stationed in Mauritania. This experience was part of what led him to his current project.