Update from Boren Fellow, Sarah Sawyer, in Tanzania!

Sarah Sawyer with a family in Arusha, Tanzania!

Sarah is studying Swahili and working at a HIV/TB treatment clinic in Arusha, Tanzania!

April 13, 2016
Since June 2015, Sarah Sawyer has been completing a Boren Fellowship studying Swahili. Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.
For the first two months of the fellowship, Sarah completed an intensive domestic Swahili program located at the University of Florida, and since August 2015, she has been living in Arusha, Tanzania. In Arusha, she has studied Advanced Swahili grammar and literature, and is currently completing an internship in which she is working at a HIV/TB treatment clinic. At the clinic, she speaks Swahili at all times, which has allowed her to gain a vast vocabulary of medical words, which will be essential to her future Masters of Public Health (MPH) thesis research in East Africa. She looks forward to beginning her MPH at Emory University in Fall 2016, where she will be able to employ her Professional Swahili language skills in her research on neglected tropical diseases and safe water access in the East Africa region, which is an area of concern for U.S. National Security.
Attached below are some photos that highlight Sarah's experience working at the HIV/TB treatment clinic in Arusha, Tanzania. Both babies pictured are negative for HIV so far but their mothers are positive, so they are undergoing counseling for the first 18 months of their lives to make sure they stay negative for HIV. Counseling involves specific infant medication, coming in monthly to the clinic to get their weights and heights checked, and getting rapid HIV tests. Sarah is learning a huge amount about HIV and the terrible impacts it has on families and in communities, including the one she is living in right now, Usa River, located 45 minutes outside of Arusha, Tanzania.
Sarah Sawyer with a 5-week old baby who is currently negative for HIV!     
Sarah says, "my job definitely has its perks- holding babies while their mamas get their weights recorded!"