When I was 21, I was lucky enough to be on the ground for the launch of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Uganda, and witnessed first-hand the roadblocks so many people face in obtaining appropriate health care and nutrition to lead happy, prosperous lives. It was a harrowing image—seeing hundreds of people lining the street waiting for medicine that had been readily available in the U.S for years.
People’s lives were limited and cut short simply because they were born at the wrong place at the wrong time. Despite major advancements in health and science, many people still can’t access the care they need. In 2008, I was connected with the other co-founders of GHC, recent college grads working at Google and FACE AIDS. We put our heads together and came up with a business plan to mobilize our generation to improve health equity around the world.
This seed of an idea eventually became Global Health Corps, an international non-profit focused on bringing great talent and problem-solvers to the field of global health. We recruit, train, and place outstanding young leaders to serve in yearlong fellowships in Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia , and the United States. Our first partners identified areas of need in their communities and our growth process has been guided by the needs of our partners ever since. We are driven by the conviction that health is a human right, and we can all contribute to the movement for health equity.
By learning these 7 facts about the global health movement, you can become a more engaged citizen of the world and start to make a difference in your community.
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