Yuexuan Chen '21 - Advance Access & Delivery Internship

Yuexuan Chen '21 - Advance Access & Delivery Internship

With SPIRE’s enrichment funds, I was able to spend my summer interning remotely with Advance Access & Delivery (AA&D), a global health non-profit focused on tuberculosis (TB) interventions. As the Health Policy and Writing Intern, I had the opportunity to tell stories for the Zero TB Initiative. One examples includes writing about how AA&D’s partnerships in Karachi, Pakistan leveraged existing TB-screening mobile X-ray vans to jointly diagnose TB and COVID-19 to help overwhelmed hospitals triage potentially infected patients. Throughout the summer, I was able to learn a great deal about international health policy issues regarding TB and the local, national and international stakeholders involved. I also worked with colleagues in Durban, South Africa—where I interned the previous summer—on drug rehabilitation programs put in place for the homeless during South Africa's COVID lockdown. Because of how everything seemed to be going remote in 2020, the entire world was equidistant from my work-from-home set up, so communicating with our team and our experts around the world—from Mexicali to Chennai—didn’t feel so far.