Mangalore: Opportunities Galore

My last weekend in Manipal and I finally got around to exploring “what there is to see” in Mangalore. While, Mangalore is not the BEST city I’ve been to in India, it does have its merits. Most notably, the St. Aloysius Chapel, Bejai Government Museum, and St. Francis Xavier’s Church. From where the bus dropped … Continue reading

Karkala: Cashews in the Making

This past Friday our¬†field visit took us to learn about the occupational hazards that face workers in the cashew industry in South India, with special attention paid to issues regarding contact dermatitis.¬†This factory is one of the largest in the area, with Karkala housing 10 cashew factories. It is the largest exporter to numerous countries … Continue reading

Udupi: Exploring TB and HIV/AIDS Treatment

Last Friday our field visit took us into the Udupi District Hospital. There we talked with officials about TB and HIV/AIDS treatment in India, and we were able to observe the treatment services in action. First we visited the Directly Observed Treatment Short (DOTS) course Center. The program has set-up such that each patient has … Continue reading

Namma Bhoomi: A Small NGO with Big Plans

Last weekend we went to the NGO Namma Bhoomi. Literally meaning “Our Land,” this small organization in Karnataka is doing big things for the employment prospects of hundreds in the state. Based on education and offering equal opportunities for boys and girls, this NGO teaches “life skills” in addition to academic courses to boys and … Continue reading