Students for Global Health Plymouth has gone from strength to strength in the past few years, increasing the diversity of background of its members and establishing solid links in the community for our advocacy and action work. A committee of 6 this year from nursing, medicine and allied health backgrounds, we have some exciting things planned for 2019-20! We are continuing our work with a local night shelter in Plymouth by collecting donations of warm clothes and toiletries, as well as our ‘conversation clubs’ with the local refugee community to improve colloquial English and integration into the area. It was these projects last year that earnt us our nomination for the student union’s ‘contribution to the community award’.
For our work towards the coordinated theme of climate change and health, our chosen charity for the year is the ‘Forests4Water Brazil: community forest restoration.’ As well as raising money, we are hosting educational events such as a talk & workshop on Earth Day about the destruction of coral reefs and its effect on global health.
Other educational events this year include a short course on women’s health in February to coincide with the International Day for Zero Tolerance of FGM and a ‘Tales from Global Electives’ afternoon.
We are really excited for another successful year down here in Plymouth and look forward to working with other branches towards equity in health.