Rushika Pattni

Rushika J. Pattni (SY ‘15) was born and brought up in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She hopes to pursue a double major in Economics and History of Science, Medicine & Public Health. Rushika’s interest in public health comes from her exposure to conditions she has seen around her in Tanzania. After working with the YWAM clinic in Tanzania, she developed an interest in maternal health, child care and nutrition. She continued to work with women and children who were left in dire conditions due to the stigma associated with both HIV/AIDS and cancer in Dar es Salaam. She has interned with mothers2mothers Tanzania, whereby she worked with mentor mothers who provide psychosocial support to women in rural communities in Southern Tanzania as they work alongside doctors and nurses. Understanding language and culture is the first step to successfully engage in an unfamiliar community, hence her dream is to continue learning more languages so that she can travel the world and work with many more developing communities.