Hopes to heal the world?
Bilal Jawed ’17
When a global health course took Bilal Jawed to Paloma Alto, Peru, he knew he’d found his purpose. “I went in with a superficial idea of what a doctor is, but as I worked firsthand with patients and doctors in Peru I got a deeper understanding of why I want to do this work.” And once Bilal found his path, he took it at a run. He next traveled to Uganda as an intern with a clinical trial for a drug used to fight pneumococcal meningitis in HIV/AIDS patients. “I remember walking into the infectious disease ward for the first time. The smell hit right away. There was bed after bed after bed and the patients were the sickest of the sick.” Bilal served as an extra set of hands there to help the deeply understaffed team. The conditions and limitations they endured there frustrated Bilal and motivated him to make it better. “It was really overwhelming. But so eye-opening.” Bilal’s plan is to get his master’s degree in global health and do research that improves healthcare on a global level.
That’s a Wabash man for you. Seriously.