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The BIGPIC (Bridging Income Generation Through Provision of Incentives for Care) program seeks to trigger a paradigm shift in the delivery of healthcare in the developing world. Instead of relying on traditional, stationary healthcare facilities, BIGPIC seeks to portabilize care into a model that can be seamlessly integrated into the lives of rural populations. Through this model, subsidized healthcare services are delivered using microfinancing groups as the main healthcare delivery point to address the "bigger picture" issues which prevent rural populations from breaking the poverty cycle. Through this project we have realized that by increasing access to capital (via microloans) and incentivizing positive health seeking behaviors, we have been able to dramatically improve the economic situation and health for hundreds of western Kenyans. We are now hoping to extend the gains of this Global Policy Research Institute (GPRI) funded project to additional populations throughout the developing world.


Maymester in Tanzania is a study abroad program for Purdue students interested in immersing themselves in the Tanzanian culture and working in rural schools in Tanzania. The program is a rigorous one (working in schools, taking Purdue classes and learning Swahili) and offers opportunities for adventurous experiences, including camping, biking, boating, and a four-day safari. Most important is the chance to work and build relationships with Tanzanians and to walk away from the experience with a deeper understanding of the world. You can find out more information about the program at http://www.edci.purdue.edu/tanzania/index.html or by contacting the program leader, Jill Newton, at janewton@purdue.edu.

Proyecto Interchange, a highly collaborative science and engineering program for high school students in Communa 1: Santo Domingo Savio in Medellin, is an important part of the Colombia-Purdue Institute for Advanced Scientific Research. Inspired by the energy of the community and the students and staff of the Biblioteca, faculty and students from Purdue and Medellin universities volunteered to share their passion and skills for nanotechnology with the students through internet and on-site presentations, discussions, and guided laboratories.

The Purdue University Malaysian Students Association (PUMSA) is a Malaysian student organization aimed to provide a home away from home for all Malaysian students as well as to spread our unique culture of Malaysia to Purdue University and the greater Lafayette community.

This music video project was done to show everyone what an amazing family all Malaysian students have here at Purdue. We are supportive of one another and we are always available to help a fellow Malaysian no matter or whatever the challenge may be. In addition, we as Boilermakers want to express our love and gratitude for having this opportunity to be a part of the Boilermaker community.

Nearly 100 international students from Purdue University spent part their spring break helping tornado victims in Southern Indiana clear debris left by tornadoes. Many of the students saw the opportunity as a way to not only give back to society, but to also connect with the state.