Class of 2014
Kristina Tester is a 2014 graduate of the Department of African and African American studies at Harvard. She currently works as a research assistant and program coordinator for the Division of Global Health and Human Rights at Massachusetts General Hospital. While at Harvard, Kristina worked as an intern and student director for one of the Division’s programs, the Initiative to End Childhood Malnutrition (IECM). Based in Rukungiri, Uganda, IECM provides comprehensive inpatient and out-patient care to children suffering from moderate and severe malnutrition. Kristina’s senior thesis, titled “Increasing the Effectiveness of Healthcare Delivery to Rural Areas: A Case Study of Village Health Teams and Childhood Malnutrition in Rukungiri District, Uganda”, was based on her work with Village Health Workers in the district on combating malnutrition. She was awarded the Hoopes Prize and the Phillipe Wamba Prize for her work. Kristina is also the founder and co-director of So Others May Learn, a non-profit organization based in Zimbabwe that is dedicated to providing bright and motivated students in sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to further their educations through comprehensive scholarships that support them through their secondary school graduation.