Lloyd Researches Women's Health Care in Ghana

OCTOBER 18, 2013 - Sarah Lloyd (NHS’14), an international health major, is spending the fall semester of her senior year working at the Navrongo Health Research Centre in Ghana.

“I still can’t believe that I'm working at a place that is such an influential data hub in this country,” says the senior who is participating in the Department of International Health’s practical experience abroad program.

In addition to her research project, Lloyd has also been volunteering at the Navrongo War Memorial District Hospital.

Women’s Health Care

For her research project, Lloyd is looking into the interactions pregnant women have with health care providers and how that might affect their choice to give birth either in a health facility or at home.

She plans to study what factors may sometimes cause negative patient-provider interactions and suggest steps for improving the situation.  

“Giving birth in a health facility with health professionals increases both the mother and the infants likelihood of survival,” she says. 

‘Absolutely Love It’

Lloyd says she has really enjoyed the experience so far: “I absolutely love it.”

She notes that she chose the international health major because it provides this type of real-world experience for students.

“I feel like I’m experiencing everything that I’ve learned about in the last three years,” Lloyd says.  “There have been many times where I recognize topics we’ve covered in various classes. Sometimes I feel like I am a pro at all of the things we’re doing because I’ve learned the ins and outs already. …It’s a once in a lifetime experience.”

Social Justice

At Georgetown, Lloyd has remained active with the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching, and Service (CSJ), especially the After School Kids (ASK) Program and DC Reads.

“As much as I love being here, I really miss working with the youth in DC,” she says. “The ASK Program is a huge part of my experience at Georgetown and what I dedicate most of my time to when I’m on campus.  I’ve been a coordinator for the program for two and a half years, and I was a tutor before that.  If I’m not in my room, I’m most likely in the CSJ.”

Lloyd has also served on the board of the Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority and interned at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development.

“Georgetown was definitely the right choice for me,” she says.  “When I stepped on campus for the first time I knew it was where I needed to be.”

By Bill Cessato