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Corps Conversations Ep. 9: Susan Graham and Kelly Kajumulo | Cameroon

I spoke with Susan and Kelly in Susan's home in Seattle, WA back in June.  It was a gorgeous late spring morning, and we had a lovely view of Lake Washington.  Having served as health volunteers in Cameroon from 1991-1993, Susan and Kelly both had interesting stories of their time in the Peace Corps and afterwards.  Susan was a part of the beginning incarnations of the Peace Corps Masters International program, and had a very structured Peace Corps experience, working on a campaign to eradicate Guinea Worm.  Kelly's experience, on the other hand, was a little less structured, working with rural community centers to do vaccination campaigns and train village health committees.  I enjoyed talking with the both of them and listening to what volunteer life was like twenty years ago, before email, cellphones, Facebook, and blogs. 

 A view of Susan's region

A view of Susan's region

 Susan riding a motorbike

Susan riding a motorbike

 Kelly at her local market

Kelly at her local market

 Kelly during Public Works Day at her regional hospital

Kelly during Public Works Day at her regional hospital

 View of Kelly's region

View of Kelly's region

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Susan Graham is a member of the Kenya Research Group at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.  Her work involves research on HIV prevention and care in Kenya.  She also directs the University of Wahsington Scholl of Medicine's Global Health Pathway, as well as serving as the Track Director for the Univeristy of Washington's concurrent MD-MPH program in Global Health.

Susan received her medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and her Masters degree in Public Health from Boston University in Boston, MA.  In conjunction to completing her Masters degree, she served as a Peace Corps health volunteer in Cameroon through Peace Corps' Masters International Program.

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Kelly Kajumulo is a Research Coordinator in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.  She earned her BA from the University of Virginia, focusing on Women in Development.  After serving as a health volunteer in the Peace Corps in Cameroon from 1991-1993, she continued working on a variety of programs focusing on health and HIV/AIDS prevention and education.  She received her Masters in Public Health from the University of Washington, and has been living in Seattle for the past 17 years.