Equitable Access for Global Health Internships:A Documentary
by Ashton Barnett-Vanes Tara Kedia Cai Long
Introducing Our Two Interns!
Happy holidays and happy new year 2017! It’s been a busy year for our team and we’ve got lots of updates to share. It’s been quiet on here for a while because we didn’t want our announcement to influence or bias our two interns’ experiences at the World Health Organization Headquarters (WHO-HQ), but now that they’ve both completed their internships, we’re delighted to be able to introduce them to you and let you know where we’re at.
With your support, we were able to provide the financial means for two interns to complete a 3 month internship at WHO-HQ in Geneva, Switzerland. Following a rigorous 3-stage selection process chaired by international global health experts, two exceptional candidates were selected to receive funding:
Christabel Abewe is a 27 year old aspiring health economist from Uganda, and completed an internship in the Department of Health Systems Governance and Financing. Now back home in Kampala, Christabel has completed her Masters of Public Health thesis, and is now working as a Research Associate at a Health Economics Research firm called HealthNet Consult in Uganda. Later this year, she will begin her PhD in Health Economics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Yassine Kalboussi is a 27 year old Tunisian medical doctor, and completed an internship in the Department of Public Health, Environmental, and Social Determinants of Health. Following his internship, Yassine began working as a Project Officer at Médécins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in their Geneva office.
While in Geneva, both interns participated in conferences, co-authored journal articles, attended meetings, networked with leaders in the public health field, and more.
We’re currently working with our editor and documentary team to produce a 10-15 minute film that will highlight the public health skills and professional networks gained by young people during internships and other global health training opportunities, and encourage greater participation of young people from low and middle income countries in these opportunities. Because the World Health Organization is an international organization driven by its 194 Member States, it’s critical that we raise awareness about this topic amongst all these countries. So we’ll share the film broadly with policy makers around the world, global health agencies, global health donors, aspiring global health professionals, at film festivals, and more.
You’ll be the first to know when it’s ready! In the meantime, don’t hesitate to get in touch with comments, questions, or if you’d like to help arrange a screening of the documentary in your community or organization. You can message us here on Kickstarter, or email us at email@example.com
Thank you once again for your amazing support, and we can’t wait to share the documentary with you.