Allie Bailey Hughey in Africa.
New Alumna Is an AIDS-HIV Volunteer in the Kingdom of Swaziland
Allie Bailey Hughey, a new Kappa Lambda/U of California–San Diego alumna, is a
volunteer research assistant at the Baylor Clinical Centre of Excellence, a pediatric HIV
clinic, in Mbabane, Swaziland, a southeast African kingdom roughly the size of New
Jersey with about 1.1 million people and the highest HIV prevalence in the world.
“All my projects at the HIV clinic,” says Allie, “are focused on improving the quality of
patient care and treatment at the clinic and in similar resource-limited settings in Africa.”
Allie additionally assists at two other HIV/AIDS organizations in Swaziland, works with
a teen support club for HIV-positive youth, and mentors a group of Swazi teen girls. Says
Allie, “I am very busy but the inspiration, confidence, and skills I have gained from my
work make every minute worth it.”
Later this year, Allie will spend six months doing public health work in Brazil before
starting a master’s program in public health next fall.