By Veronica A. Costea, SNIH Chair
When taking over from the previous board in January 2017, one of the main goals that we set was to strengthen the relationships that Swedish Network for International Health had established with other public and global health organizations over the years and to build connections with new ones. This aim is founded on our belief in the power and mutual benefits of interconnectedness and communication and we think this is a great way to help our members expand their networks and find new opportunities to develop personally and professionally.
Currently, SNIH collaborates with four local and international organizations: Global Health Next Generation Network (GHNGN), Swedish Organization for Global Health (SOGH), Child Family Health International (CFHI) and Global Health Students of Norway (GHS – Norway).
Our partnership with GHNGN started in 2015 and it consists in running the Global Health Mentorship Program. The goal of the program is to establish and facilitate mutually beneficial student and young professional (SYP) and mentor working relationships, in order to strengthen skills, expand global health knowledge and promote international networking. The mentors are highly skilled professionals from all over the world who want to contribute to shaping and guiding the next generation of global health professionals. The applications for both mentors and students or young professionals are still open until the 15th of June, so do not hesitate to register. GHGN will also hold their annual conference in Barcelona between 15 – 16 of July.
S.O.G.H. are based at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. As a student or young professional, you can actively participate in their global health awareness events or hone your professional skills by taking part in their Mamma project, which is currently running in Uganda. S.O.G.H. is continuously seeking new members. Interested in knowing more about them and how to get involved? Then visit their website.
If you are looking for an internship placement, consider Child Family Health International. They provide 30+ programs in Latin America, Africa, and Asia that last between 4 and 16 weeks. Their internships aim to immerse the participants in the local realities, by giving them a deep understanding of the factors that create them: health systems, culture, perceptions of health and disease, history and geopolitics of the host country. Read more about their programs.
Last but not least, our latest partner is the newly-founded Global Health Students of Norway network. Together, we will focus on developing relationships between our home universities and national and international organizations and institutions with the goal of facilitating internships for our student members. You can read more about GHS – Norway here and stay tuned for updates on our collaboration.
We also welcome you to personally meet representatives of these organizations at SNIH’s 4th Annual Conference held in Uppsala between the 17th and 18th of November 2017. For any questions or suggestions regarding these or potential collaborations, email My Fridell, our PR coordinator, at email@example.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org.