Kety Silva ’14: “A Home Away From Home” – April 18, 2013

The NGO, Verdefam, receives grants to offset the costs of gynecological exams, ultrasounds, STI exams, contraceptive methods, pregnancy tests, and family planning options. This presentation will focus on healthcare policy, legislation, and how a new sovereign state like Cape Verde tackles political and sociological issues surrounding healthcare access.

Kety Silva ‘14, a Sociology and Spanish Major, Women’s and Gender Studies Minor, was born on the Cape Verdean islands off the West Coast of Africa. Her parents immigrated to the United States when Kety was just two years old. Thanks to a grant from BPIP for providing funding to attend a summer internship with the NGO VerdeFam in Cape Verde, Kety gained hands-on experience working with international reproductive health initiatives while learning more about the cultural, political, and economic challenges in her country.

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