Students and youth are increasingly recognized as vital stakeholders and change agents on a society aiming to achieve sustainable development and better health for all. The interest and engagement in global health activities is continuously increasing among students. For the more health related disciplines in Sweden, the term “Hans Rosling generation” has been coined to describe the surge of those who are already familiar with the concepts of global health even before staring any official university programme or course.
Although there are well-functioning grassroots movements and organisations that engage students in global health, man students argue that there is lack of opportunities to take their dedication to a more professional level. Moreover, most of the organisations that are currently engaging students are primarily operating within the disciplines traditional associated with global health. Consequently, there are very few interdisciplinary collaborations between student organisations.
SIGHT Student Network was therefore established. Through the network SIGHT will serve as a dynamic interdisciplinary forum for discussion and action on global health issues.
Meet the SIGHT Student Coordinators:
Elena is currently studying towards a Master in Medical Science in Health, Economics, Policy and Management at Karolinska Institutet. Previously, she studied her Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering at the Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana. Between her studies, she started working at Hospital María Especialidades Pediátricas where she grew interests in research and development of medical instruments and devices, technical evaluation in bidding processes and mentoring engineering interns. She cofounded and chaired Guala, an NGO that creates and donates 3D printed upper limb prosthetics. Before moving to Sweden, she did studies in management and healthcare innovation at INCAE Business School, MIT and Harvard. Alongside her master studies, she cofounded and volunteers as training officer for Polygeia, a UK-based non-partisan organization designed to empower students and graduates to research and write policy on global health issues. She’s Vice-President of the IEEE-Women in Engineering, Honduras Chapter where she advocates for girls in STEAM careers. As a Student Coordinator for SIGHT she aims to advocate for the roll of youth (and technology) in global health transformation.
Tobias is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health Sciences at Karolinska Institutet. His academic background lies in bioscience and social epidemiology. Tobias has previously worked in clinical settings and has been active in student organizations, including as president of the Student Council for Public Health Sciences at Stockholm University. He recently completed an internship with the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) and volunteers as a clinic manager with Doctors of the World in Stockholm. In the role of student coordinator, he hopes to make global health relevant to a wider audience of students and enable progress through a thriving ecosystem of students, young professionals and academics.