Student Reflections

Reflections: BHSc Field School - Uganda

Health sciences students help paint pictures of maternal health in Uganda

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Health sciences students help paint pictures of maternal health in Uganda

Global Student Community Engagement Program teaches how to reflect local beliefs and interests

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Uganda field school student gains valuable skills and career insights

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Uganda field school student gains valuable skills and career insights

Students had the opportunity to work alongside the HCU team, local communities, and MUST faculty and students to gain hands-on exposure to community development, health promotion and social determinants of health in rural Uganda.

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Tyler

“Working with the Mama na Mtoto (MnM) program has been a transformative part of my undergraduate experience and has inspired an interest and passion in pursuing further global health education and research. Three years ago, I was completely new to the concept of global MNCH. However, the community-centered approaches taken by MnM and commitment to building capacity were two key hallmarks of this program that piqued my interest. Looking back on my time with MnM, I was able to secure two global health internships, one with MnM in Tanzania and another with their partner in Uganda. This exposure to global health strengthened not only my research capacity, but also my cross-cultural competency, advocacy, and project management skills as well. The learnings and experiences that I developed through interning and working with MnM have also shaped my career trajectory. Inspired by the everyday work that is done by people in global health, I am now interested in pursuing a medical education that can bridge public health and global health approaches. Overall, the investment from Global Affairs Canada and implementation of Mama na Mtoto has shaped my undergraduate experience in the most memorable ways and built my own capacity to be a stronger global health advocate in my local communities.” 

~ Tyler

The Mama na Moto project was my first exposure to the world of MNCH. This experience was rewarding and inspired me to investigate prenatal education trends in Alberta based on provincial guidelines, in Graduate Studies. The mentorship I received throughout and after the internship is something I continue to cherish as it has contributed towards my development as a policy analyst and researcher. 
~ Dhwani

 

My 1.5 years involvement with Mama na Mtoto turned me into a life-long global health advocate. Having worked in the Tanzania and Canada offices, I witnessed first-hand the realities of development work and challenged my assumptions about “Africa.” As a communications practitioner, the opportunity to work with a diverse team of incredible individuals, including doctors, research staff, administrators and project managers, allowed me to develop my cross-cultural skills and my ability to digest and break down specialized topics for broader audiences.  I  find myself very attuned to health-related news and content. And I know that won’t cease as I continue to pursue a career in international development.
~ Donna Ng

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Working locally and globally with Mama na Mtoto's (MnM) research and implementation teams has completely transformed my understanding of the challenges facing health systems in low-resource settings and given me the skills and confidence to engage in conversations surrounding global health in meaningful ways. My involvement as a summer student in the first year of my undergraduate degree opened the door to countless opportunities.  I have worked and traveled abroad, gaining first-hand experience with MNCH initiatives in Tanzania.  Working towards my degree, I have built an independent research course focused on global health research, working with incredible mentors who have supported my professional and academic goals along every step of the way. These experiences have been a pivotal factor in enforcing my desire to pursue further studies and career opportunities related to global health. Lastly, in meeting like-minded students with shared passions, I have made life-long friendships which continue to enrich my life on a daily basis. 
~ Ania


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Tyler Warnock shares benefits of ethical international internship in Uganda

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Summer studentship experience

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Summer Reflection: Community Engaged Learning Experience

Katherine Liu reflects on the learning outcomes of her 2020 summer studentship with the ILGH Office.

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Reflections: Traditional Knowledge Keepers in Residence

"Being able to visit with Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers has not only provided me with teachings that my academic program is not able to currently support but continues to keep me grounded in ways of being, knowing, and connecting that relate to who I am. Connecting with Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers through AIM-HI goes beyond supporting me through my educational journey, but helps me navigate through my journey to discover and acknowledge who I am, what can I do, and what is my purpose?

Welcoming Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers in post-secondary institutions provides opportunities for the academic community to learn as a collective as oppose to ‘leaving the work for the Indigenous peoples to do.’

A space where students can visit safely and openly with Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers is an important aspect of wellness for many students. A space that welcomes ceremonies is imperative as many students move away from their home communities and support systems, which at times can leave an empty space for students to fill while also completing post-secondary education."

-Ashley | PhD student, Community Health Sciences | Population and Public Health