Study Global Health and Human Rights in multiple locations in Kenya. This program examines health and human rights in Kenya through a complex constellation of urban issues including housing, urban infrastructures, land tenure, informal settlements, and evictions. Students will consider demographics, public health education, HIV/AIDS, health issues of orphaned and vulnerable children, women’s healthcare needs, differential access to healthcare, and mental healthcare, among other topics, in various cultural contexts. Students will examine Kenya’s healthcare challenges, practices, and systems, in both rural and urban contexts, together with analyses of locally informed debates surrounding human rights.
The program consists of two thematic seminars; an intensive language course in Kiswahili, together with multiple homestays, to hone language skills; a course on Research Methods and Ethics; and the opportunity to conduct in-depth, primary field research through the Independent Study Project (ISP). The program has two bases: Nairobi and Mombasa. Students will interact with a wide array of SIT partners and contacts in Nairobi, the regional base for numerous local and international nongovernmental organizations, and also in cosmopolitan Mombasa. Kenya’s second largest city, Mombasa is the site of emerging coalitions of activists and civil society organizations challenging Kenya’s status quo on issues of health and human rights. Students will also have group excursions to Kisumu on Lake Victoria and/or Lamu on the Indian Ocean. Homestays and educational excursions will help illustrate the outcomes of differential access to healthcare and the attendant challenges to human rights throughout Kenya.