The world’s rooftop, Nepal is home to Hindu and Buddhist traditions rich in iconography and deep religious meaning. The Kathmandu Valley has seven World Heritage sites that weave together Buddhist and Hindu traditions. Among all this history and culture, the people work and go about their day trying to thrive or just survive. Working with on a collaborative team from Johns Hopkins University, Tribhuvan and Kathmandu Universities, BYU students will recognize and evaluate occupational health hazards in one of the harshest work environments in Nepal, the brick kilns. From ergonomic and heat stress evaluations to silica air sampling, students will use cutting edge technology to evaluate and provide control options. Students will also work with Dolakha Hospital and Sukuman Memorial Polyclinic in the village of Kumari to conduct research regarding healthcare infrastructure and skilled birthing attendant training for maternal and child health. During the internship, a five-day trek will take students along the Annapurna Panorama Trail located in the heart of the Himalayan mountains.
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