Students for Global Health is a national network of Students working together to target global health inequalities through education, advocacy and community action. This altogether is to reach our common goal of a fair and just world in which equity in health is a reality for all. This society is perfect for any student who is interested in reducing health inequalities in any profession, and excited by the opportunities available in global health.
Here in Plymouth, we aim to reach our goal through educational events for specific days such as World Aids Day where, in 2017-18, we collaborated with Youth Stop Aids and Sexual Health and HIV Doctor, Derval Harte from Derriford, to educate our members and the wider community on HIV/AIDS, it’s prevalence, eradication and inequality involved. We also aim to raise money at these types of events so we sold cakes and red ribbons in aid of the Terrence Higgins Trust. Often at these events, we collaborate with other societies such as Friends of MSF.
For the main charity portion of our work, we select a charity each year that we are raising money for, which in 2017-18 was Action for Disability and Development. At our events throughout the year, donations for refreshments and bucket collections all go towards one charity in order to make the biggest difference we can.
We plan on running another global health short course this year after the success of the 2017-18 short course on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This is a chance for students to commit to a short programme of learning on a range of global health issues to achieve a certificate for portfolios.
Not only is there all of that, but there is a range of national and international opportunities for members to attend such as national and international conferences, internships and volunteering opportunities. We aim to advertise these to members this year to utilise the incredible things on offer to us as a branch.
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