Publication: ACTG Spotlight
Prison inmates. Burn victims. Terminally ill children. These are just a few of the types of patients Ilene Wiggins, RN, has treated during her career as a nurse in Baltimore. Caring for these patients can be emotionally taxing, but Wiggins says she felt it was her calling.
“I felt I had a gift for making people feel better, not with medication or task, but with caring, compassion and honesty,” Wiggins says. “To make someone smile on what may be one of the worst days of their lives is an accomplishment.”
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Publication: India Abroad
Aziz Haniffa profiles Amita Gupta, who is revolutionizing the understanding and treatment of a plethora of deadly diseases.
Despite gargantuan challenges, why is she virtually obsessed with trying to make a difference in India? “India is where my family is from and where I have felt most connected to the people — to the public health needs,” she replied. “India is such a complex and dynamic place where almost every infectious disease in the textbooks exists, so there is so much to learn and so much to be done. It also is a place where there are smart people and opportunities to build infrastructure to study these infectious diseases. There is a clear, compelling public health need. And if solutions can be sought for India that are scalable and cost-effective there, they have great relevance to the rest of the world.”
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