So, we have finished our first week in the office. We are official public health practitioners and it feels great.
As Michael explained before, we are writing the scientific articles explaining the research and findings of the ChildSight® program in Hanoi secondary schools. We will be writing two papers, hopefully. One concerning the ChildSight®’s impact of the knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAPs) related to refractive error and a second one concerning the programs effect on the Quality of Life among the participants and their families. It is really unbelievable how much we are using the skills we have learned in our first year at UNC. Like, I remember sitting in some lecturers thinking “I am never going to use this stuff in the real world.” Well, that couldn’t have been farther from the truth. The conversations Michael and I are having are just rehashing all the things we learned in biostatistics and research methods class. To say the least, I am so excited for the opportunity to write an article that has the potential to be published. The work this HKI office has done is outstanding and I am honored to be able to help them bring their accomplishments to the forefront of public eye health.
Like I said, this Vietnam office is amazing. Each and every person we work with is so genuine and goes above and beyond to help us learn. Michael and I are very grateful for the patience they have already shown to us. I won’t lie, it has taken us a bit of time to adjust and everyone has been really understanding. This coming week, we will continue on with our research and writing for the knowledge, attitudes and practices paper and then hopefully start some preliminary work on the quality of life article. We are also hoping to write a little blog segment that focuses on our co-workers here at HKI Vietnam. We are hoping to shine a bit of light on each of the members of the office team by writing blogs introducing them to all of you. I can’t say it enough, these people are fantastic and we can’t wait for you to learn more about them and the great work they are doing for HKI.
Until then, we must figure out a way to stay hydrated while exploring the beautiful, yet extremely humid metropolis they call Ha Noi.
Casey and Michael