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Ishani Premaratne
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Ishani Premaratne is a pre-medical student and anthropology concentrator in her junior year at Harvard. She is passionate about global healthcare delivery in resource-constrained settings, women's empowerment, and social entrepreneurship. It is a combination of these interests that led her to co-found GrowLanka, a social enterprise that serves war widows in northern Sri Lanka. She is also the co-Founder and Vice President of Harvard College Women in Medicine, a Resolution Fellow with The Resolution Project, a fall 2013 Millennium Campus Network Fellow, and a Global Health Equity Option (GHEO) Scholar with the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School in a program spearheaded by Dr. Paul Farmer. She is spending spring 2014 working with Compañeros en Salud (CES), a sister organization of Partners in Health, in Chiapas, Mexico where she will also be conducting research on healthcare-seeking behaviors and the availability of surgical care for the World Health Organization.

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Addressing the Deeper Origins of Pain in the Sierra Madre

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 3:44 PM

I had felt sure that I would recognize the face of hardship immediately. Hers would be embattled and drawn, I had decided, a confusing map marked with inequalities, misfortune, and no legend available to help untangle them all. When I first met Doña Celia, the silver-haired forty-year-old mother and grandmother...

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The End of Coffee? The Devastating Effects of 'La Roya'

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 11:40 AM

La roya. It may roll off the tongue, but the ease of this word's pronunciation belies a far more malignant truth no matter how beautiful the Spanish that is spoken here. I have been studying and working in Chiapas, Mexico for almost two months now, soaking in as much as...

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From Harvard to Chiapas: Seeing Healthcare From the Ground Up

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 2:39 PM

I have a list going.

Los columpios. órale. compú. inmersión. cafetal.

These words -- a mixture of Spanish medical terminology, slang, and vocabulary relevant to my research project -- are the ones that have filled my experience in Jaltenango, Mexico, thus far. They're the ones I eagerly jot down as...

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