Center for Global Health and Development

Leap Day

The time passes by so quickly.  Every morning I get up around 5:45.  I talk and mingle with people in the building and eat breakfast.  Today we left to do field work around 9:00 a.m.  Most days we try to leave at 8:30.  We were able to interview another 4.  Yesterday, a strike occurred, luckily, I did not make it out into the field.  However, the awesome field workers, Dr. Dileep Kumar Dalabehera and Shakti Pratihary (nickname Bubu) were able to get some interviews done.  Have I mentioned how awesome these guys are?!  It was another great, hot day in the field.  Came back to the compound for a late lunch and did some data work.  There are about 500 questions asked, so it takes hours to enter data. I think I am going to shop for some Indian clothing tonight so I am pretty excited about that!

Field Work

Field work has been going very well. It is, however, a very slow process. I can’t believe how amazing the workers are.  They have been so helpful and patient.  They know where to find all of the children we are looking for which is a hefty part of conducting this research.  On average, it takes a little over an hour to do one interview.  After that, we get back into the car and go to the next family, which may be in a different village.  Many children fight the process, i.e. cry and run away.  I’ve learned to say oh, don’t cry, which everyone finds very funny.  Next week, I will be traveling up north by train to a very rural village and we will be conducting interviews there for six days.  It should be an interesting experience.


Sunday, the 26th

I have been in India for over a week now and my sleeping is finally getting back to normal.  Yesterday, I went out into the field again, we were able to interview 4. The third house we visited, we were placed inside a dark empty room with no window where we sat on the floor.  Children and others gathered at the door leaving little room to breathe.  It was hot and there were flies everywhere.  In my shoes, on the floor, by my eyes.  I wanted to tell the kids to move away from the door but didn’t have the heart to, instead I found their big red ball, that the little boy had been licking, and started to play catch with three little girls and the boy. It was a lot of fun and turned out to be one of the more enjoyable homes I’ve visited. I asked the little boy if he wanted to come with me and they all wanted me to stay :)  It was very sweet.  Today, I walked to the market down the street.  It is super scary crossing the streets here.  I held the guy’s hand, who was guiding me, like a little kid.  After the market, I did laundry which took a long time.  Articles of clothing are still drying.  I then went to work on my project, started getting ready to analyze the data when I get home.  A man from the Gates Foundation was here tonight and I had a chance to meet with him.  Dr. Panigrahi presented over the history of AIPH.  It’s been a good and productive weekend.  I am ready to get back into the field tomorrow!