Equitable Access for Global Health Internships:A Documentary
by Ashton Barnett-Vanes Tara Kedia Cai Long
Nepali nursing student on global health internship access: Sumitra
Sumitra is a Nepali community health nursing student who hopes to intern at the World Health Organization Headquarters and invest these skills back home to improve control of non communicable diseases. She shares some of the consequences of the 2015 earthquake in Nepal and writes:
'We as citizens of Nepal and other Least Developed Countries must be equipped with the necessary skills in order to pull our countries from these debilitating scenarios and build its resilience for the future.'
Thus far she, like many other prospective global health interns, has not succeeded in finding funding to support her internship costs in Geneva. She writes that young professionals from Nepal and other countries should 'not view our lack of finance as a barrier to our potential', and that global health internships help build human resources for health in communities around the world.
Read more of what she has to say here, at the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network Blog. We've only 4 days remaining in our campaign, please pledge to support now, to give greater access for candidates like Sumitra.