The Shift Radio Guest Kristina Tester

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Kristina Tester is Skip’s guest on #TheShiftWithSkip

A 2014 graduate of Harvard University, with degrees in African and Global Health, Kristina Tester is the founder and executive director of So Others May Learn, a non-profit organization based in Zimbabwe and Uganda. So Others May Learn is dedicated to providing bright and motivated students in sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to further their educations through comprehensive scholarships that support them through their four years of secondary school.

Currently, Kristina works as a program coordinator and research assistant for the Division of Global Health and Human Rights at Massachusetts General Hospital. While at Harvard, Kristina worked as the student director for one of the Division’s programs, the Initiative to End Childhood Malnutrition (IECM). Based in Rukungiri, Uganda, IECM provides comprehensive inpatient and out-patient care to children suffering from moderate and severe malnutrition.

In addition, Kristina traveled to Uganda and has worked with Uganda’s Ministry of Health to coordinate village health teams that could more effectively reach rural communities. Her senior thesis, titled “Increasing the Effectiveness of Healthcare Delivery to Rural Areas: A Case Study of Village Health Teams and Childhood Malnutrition in Rukungiri District, Uganda”, was awarded the Harvard Hoopes Prize for outstanding research and scholarly work, and she was the recipient of the Phillipe Wamba Prize for highest achievement in her Division. Kristina is planning to begin medical school in the fall of 2016 and hopes to combine her medical degree with a Masters in Public Health. She is committed to continuing her efforts to provide education and medical services to underserved communities at home and abroad.

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