Alejandra Bussalleu


Alejandra Bussalleu

Master in International Health
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany


Most Important Achievement

One of my greatest achievements has been to work on what I really like: traveling through Peru, taking in every experience, learning from different cultures and exploring remote and unexplored corners of the world.

Professional aspirations

In the future I want to continue working in Peru, specifically in the Amazon. I would like to continue working at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia combining my passion: health and environmental conservation through sustainable projects, and working with regional governments, local and international organizations, indigenous federations and civil society, in order to develop evidence-based public policies, aimed at improving the quality of life and well-being of the Peruvian population.


Land Use Change and Health in the Peruvian Amazon
In recent years, there has been an increasing migrant population into the Amazon region. Settlers are often pursuing job opportunities via mining and farming, or seeking land for their families. These activities, along with construction related to resource gathering and infrastructure creation, have led to deforestation, pollution, and health problems associated with living in large groups near recently developed land. While there has been research done on these issues, it has not been well synthesised, and this knowledge is not often used to educate the people living in the communities most impacted by land use change.
Specific aims:
1. Describe the linkages between land use change and human health in the Amazon region through a systematic review of research.
2. Train teachers in Madre de Dios about how to utilize storyboards as active teaching/learning tools.
3. Train teachers about specific health and land use change topics relevant to the communities they will be working in.
4. Educate children in the Madre de Dios about health topics via teacher utilization of storyboards.























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