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

Malpe Fishing Industry: Fishing for Export

This past Saturday we took a trip to the Malpe fishing docks to catch a glimpse at the fishing industry. The air was thick with the smell of the new catch and the dock was wet and black with cuttlefish ink…but it was interesting to look at the hectic scene and know that it is … Continue reading

Hiriyadka Water Treatment Plant: Water, Water Everywhere

Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink…that is until it is purified at the Hiriyadka Water Treatment Plant. This field visit we toured the local water treatment plant and learned about the purified water in the region. This plant provides water to Manipal and half of the Udupi district. The water is drawn … Continue reading