3rd Class, 2005-2007
Field Placement: Heifer International/African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), Homa Bay, Kenya
Dan Abbott worked with Heifer International in Homa Bay, an area of Kenya severely impacted by HIV, on a project to provide livelihoods for caregivers and children orphaned by AIDS through livestock and agricultural development. Dan collaborated with the local public health office to provide health training to community groups on topics such as HIV prevention and positive living, safe water and hygiene. Many community group members began treating their drinking water and underwent testing for HIV for the first time following these trainings.
Dan also worked with AMREF, a Kenyan-based international NGO that focuses on outreach to widows and orphans in Homa. Dan conducted an evaluation of AMREF’s HIV prevention and mitigation activities in the Homa Bay area. He interviewed project staff, partners, and beneficiaries and compiled lessons learned to inform AMREF’s plans for future work in the area.
Policy Placement: Save the Children USA, Washington, DC
Dan was a member of both the Public Policy & Advocacy and the HIV units at Save the Children in Washington, D.C., where he conducted policy research to influence HIV/AIDS related advocacy strategies and developed supporting documents. He also created a series of policy briefs drawing on Save the Children’s experience in HIV/AIDS programming in its field offices. Dan also represented Save the Children within various coalitions addressing HIV/AIDS and Orphans and Vulnerable Children.