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:
Abeer is a medical student in the Master’s Programme in Global Health at Uppsala University. After getting her Bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery (BDS) at Cairo University, she co-founded a healthcare initiative that launches awareness campaigns among vulnerable populations in Egypt. In SIGHT, she is looking forward to bringing the young professionals’ perspectives into SIGHT projects and events, and also disseminate SIGHT achievements to the youth who are engaged in the Global Health field.
Lydia is originally from Belgium but moved to Sweden after completing her bachelor’s in Neuroscience in England and her first Master’s program in Medical Law and Ethics in Edinburgh. As student coordinator at SIGHT, Lydia is excited to contribute with her interdisciplinary background and ensure that young people are strongly represented in all high-level discussions and projects which SIGHT is involved in.