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A campaign that challenges the status quo on international training opportunities in health and development. We're now stretching!
A campaign that challenges the status quo on international training opportunities in health and development. Thank you all for your support!
A campaign that challenges the status quo on international training opportunities in health and development. Thank you all for your support!
207 backers pledged £8,184 to help bring this project to life.

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Equitable Access to Global Health Internships Campaign Team

The Problem

  • Public Health is a global issue. It relies on local resources to manage it, when these become overwhelmed crises ensue. In the last six months alone we've had 20 natural disasters and 4 epidemics.
  • All nations need to grow public health expertise, particularly those with the largest health and disease burdens.
  • Yet, in 2013 only 1 in 4 World Health Organization HQ (WHO-HQ) interns were born in a low- or middle- income country, and less than 5% of interns studied there.
  • This means the health systems where public health and policy skills are needed most are the countries with the least access to them.
  • Does that sound right to you? It sure doesn't to us!

Read more about our findings in the Lancet Global Health, or in our statement submitted to the WHO Executive Board.

 In Brief

  • Our project - led by an international group of Former WHO Interns - will create a short video documentary and written report of the issues surrounding global health internship access, narrated through the stories of two LMIC interns accepted at WHO-HQ in Geneva.
  • We'll screen the documentary and share it widely to make the case heard for greater access to global health internships.
  • We’ve got exciting and creative rewards for our lovely backers (you!), including an international intern cookbook, dinner with the organisers, and the chance to feature in the documentary!
  • We're motivated by the global health community’s shared values of equity and access, something that appeals to all. So whatever background or profession you come from, we welcome your support and feedback!

Read more about how financial costs affect UN internship accessibility in a United Nations report.

So who are we?

We are an international group of former interns of the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. We are not formally associated with and are independent from the World Health Organization. We have support from many stakeholders in global health training (see testimonials below).

Keep an eye on our updates for sneak-previews on rewards, as well as the latest content on our project! Make sure to follow us @GHInternEquity #ghINTERNational

The Details

Before:

  • We’ve already begun filming in LMICs around the world, with former WHO interns talking about their experiences, learning, and how they’re applying these skills back in their home countries.
  • With the help of a range of organisations we'll support two accepted LMIC interns with strong educational attainment, motivations, and potential for leadership and investment of skills back in their home countries, to feature in the documentary.
  • Watch some of our footage so far which we'll share as updates.

During:

  • We’ll support two LMIC interns’ travel and living expenses in Geneva, and film weekly video diaries, with interviews at the start and end of their internship. Global health interns from high-income countries will also feature.
  • Filming will also be conducted back in interns’ home countries, speaking to their peers and institutions to share their experiences, skills learnt during the internship, and plans for their career.
  • We will also film the project organisers (us!) and relevant non-governmental organisations and individuals, speaking about the impact of training young professionals from high disease burden countries.

After:


Project Viability

Communication: We maintain frequent contact with the stakeholders in Geneva, including the WHO Intern Board, and together we've co-authored the practical guidance to deliver this project.

Video Production: 

  • Quality: videos will be shot using high-quality personal equipment. Elise Wicker, a Producer from the BBC, has talked us through the best ways to use point and shoot cameras and shared her experience structuring video content.
  • Content: We’re working with and supporting colleagues around the world to ensure their videos are well filmed and directed.
  • Impact: The video-documentary will be used in advocacy campaigns in collaboration with stakeholders. 
  • Cost: Many of our team have experience with video production, enabling us to perform this at lower cost. Our overriding costs are therefore associated with living costs for the project.

Broad-based support: We have the support of multiple stakeholders, including those in the academic community (see testimonials below), and the WHO has pledged towards this initiative. Have we convinced you yet? Take a look at where your support may lead....

So what's left to say?

If we want a global health workforce that can solve today's and tomorrow's challenges, it must be representative of the global community. But we can say that all day, wouldn't you rather see a first-hand human story of why this matters? The voices of underrepresented candidates and communities needs to be heard, and that's what we want to do. To achieve it, we're going to need you!

Our aim?

  • To persuade global health agencies and funders to make access to all global health internships equitable, as a central component of achieving their remit to improve the health of the world’s citizens.
  • We’ve shown the need for a fairer global health training system, support us to show the world’s desire for it too!
  • Join us at the launch of this initiative and donate now.

Equitable Access for Global Health Internships: A Documentary is proud to be featured on the RSA curated area on Kickstarter, which selects the best new ideas to help tackle social problems that its 27,000 Fellows are looking to deliver. Ashton Barnett-Vanes is an RSA Fellow and has been selected to be a part of this. Click here to see more RSA-backed projects and find out more about the RSA.

Testimonials

              

Risks and challenges

Candidate quality: We are currently, and will continue to promote internship opportunities widely, to increase accessibility and awareness of internships and maximise the number of talented individuals who apply from LMICs.

Practicalities: We are coordinating with key stakeholders including the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network and Geneva based Global Health professionals to ensure the logistics of our operation will be deliverable.

The risk: This project will provide the platform for a report and larger advocacy campaign. For these to be successful, we must succeed in this project. Support us!

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FAQ

  • We are seeking candidates who have a high level of academic and/or professional achievement to date and high potential for leadership and investment of skills gained during the internship back in their home country. Their eligibility depends on country of origin and current country of residence / study being a low- or middle- income country. Applications will be anonymised, and selection carried out by a panel of experienced global health experts and the designated Network of WHO Intern Alumni and WHO-HQ Intern Board Coordinators, with oversight from Child Family Health International.

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  • Selected interns will participate in the documentary that will be produced on global health internship access. They’ll also be required to write a reflective essay on the value of their internship, and to share their skills with their peers and institutions upon their return home, e.g. through a presentation or seminar. WHO-HQ intern demographics will also be monitored, using our previously published data as a baseline.
    http://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(14)70211-6/fulltext

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  • This winter, we’ll work together with Child Family Health International to support 2 accepted interns from low and middle income countries at WHO-HQ, and film a documentary of their experience and the greater issues around global health training accessibility. We’ll use this as a springboard to facilitate further discussion on these issues within the global health community, and also aim to expand financial support of candidates underrepresented at global health agencies.

    Here’s our project timeline:
    May – July 2015 Kickstarter Fundraising Campaign
    July – September 2015 Advertising and Application Period
    August – October 2015 Candidate Selection
    November 2015 – April 2016 Winter 2015 WHO-HQ Internship Period
    July 2015 – Fundraising and expansion of programme

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.54

    We'll Tweet you a thank-you message and add you to our Website's 'Hall of Pledgers' !

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    Participate in a short online survey and have your say on global health internships!
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    Download the Global Travel Survival Guide, written by former WHO interns: a tongue-in-cheek pamphlet full of travel tips and tricks!
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    Download The Intern Collaborative Cookbook, a compilation of 'best-of' international recipes from former WHO interns.
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    Ask a global health question to current/former interns on a topic related to global health and get a tailored short paragraph response.
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    Your name in credits of the documentary and written report.
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    Signed final reflective essay from supported interns on experience and value of their internship.
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    Dinner with one of project organisers (Subject to your ability to travel to London UK, Boston US, Yellowknife CA, Toronto CA, or Lagos NG - contact us to arrange alternative award if you can't travel).
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    Interviewed in the documentary about your reasons for donating and perspectives on our project.
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    A named scholarship for the intern you fund. You'll receive periodic updates about their experience in Geneva and upon returning home.
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