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:
BSc Biomedical Sciences (University of Barcelona, Spain). Bianca has developed her background in public health issues throughout her work within different international NGOs over the last 6 years. She was involved in the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association (IFMSA) for 5 years, thus holding different international positions such as Public Health Regional Assistant for Europe. She has also collaborated with the WHO working group on climate change and health as well as policy-evaluation projects with GCHA. She is currently serving the Global Health Next Generation Network (GHNGN) as Partnerships Coordinator and she is part of the core team of Women in Global Health – Spain as an organizational culture officer. Blanca is now studying for her master’s degree in public health at Karolinska Institute, thus willing to dedicate her professional life to the impact of health inequalities and social and environmental determinants of health.
Bsc Business & Economics at Stockholm School of Economics. Emma is studying economics at Stockholm School of Economics. She is currently involved with the Swedish Organization for Global Health, a non-profit organization promoting health equity through evidence-based action. Emma also has previous experience working with the British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce and from the Swedish development cooperation organization, IM. Emma is highly interested in Women’s and Mental health and hopes to work within international development in the future. In the role of the student coordinator, she hopes to continue to make SIGHT known by a wider audience and contribute with the perspective of a business student.
As the summer begins, we celebrate the end of what has been a year of change for the Student Organisations Network (SON). We have been
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