The Mission of the Global Health Student Association is to promote global health awareness across campus, provide a forum to discuss issues on global health, foster partnerships with local and international health agencies, and to advocate for students to engage in global health research.
The Global Health Student Association is made up of students in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Our members share an interest in global health issues and believe that healthcare should be accessible to all people.
During the semester, we host monthly meetings, a monthly film series to highlight important global issues, and participate in local volunteer opportunities. This semester we volunteered at Global Links, an organization that collects usable medical supplies from local hospitals that are going to be discarded, repackages them, and ships the supplies to under-served areas of the world.
Our members come from numerous disciplines in Public Health which makes for lively conversations and the opportunity to create connections across departments.
Every year, hundreds and thousands of college students go on service trips all over the world to help those that are in need. This year, for the first time ever, the Global Health Student Association at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health is joining forces with MedLife to help provide preventative screening, healthcare and service to the poverty-stricken areas of Lima, Peru.
The week-long service trip consists of working alongside local physicians in mobile clinics to bring dental, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatric care, as well as preventative health education, to community members that live below the poverty level. We will aid the staff in providing patient intake, triage, and running public health educational programs. We will also work alongside community members on a development project such as constructing staircases or patient houses. Working with the residents will give us the wonderful opportunity to immerse ourselves in the Peruvian culture through the means of service. In addition to the service hours, our program fee through MedLife provides much needed medical services to the residents of Peru.
Collaborating with MedLife on this service trip to Lima, Peru is an opportunity to help families achieve greater freedom from poverty and to give them the resources necessary to live healthier lives. Making such a significant impact is an invaluable experience, but it is also a costly one. As full time students, we lack the funds to finance this trip on our own, so we are asking for your support.
Your generous contribution to our campaign will help to cover the MedLife program fee to serve the community in Lima, Peru ($785 per person). This fee includes student lodging and meals as well as contributions to support the mobile clinic. Flights are not included and are an additional $700 per person roundtrip.
With your help, we hope to substantially reduce the program fee expenses so that everyone who wishes to attend this trip is able to do so. A portion of the MedLife program fee is used towards the mobile clinic services described in the giving levels. Your support will impact global health two-fold, through our service activities and through the life-saving services provided by the mobile clinics.
Feel free to browse the giving levels to see the difference that your contribution can make. Sponsorship at any level will not only help the local population in Peru, but will also lower program fees for our members. GHSA thanks you for your support.
Please consider making a donation in honor of one of the students participating in this international volunteer service trip to Lima, Peru.
Every little bit helps, and we are thankful for your generous support. We look forward to updating you with stories and pictures from our week of service in Lima, Peru!
The program fee supports oral cleaning services for residents provided through the mobile clinic.
The program fee supports the mobile clinics’ monitoring of blood pressure during triage to quickly address patient needs.
The program fee supports breast screenings through x-rays done in the mobile clinics for cancer detection.
The program fee helps to offset costs for resident screenings for cervical cancer.
The program fee supports the ability for MedLife to provide prescription medications to patients with common diseases such as diabetes and heart disease who could not otherwise afford them.
The mobile clinic in Lima is equipped with a laboratory station that provides the physicians on-site with instant test results to guide diagnosis and treatment. The program fee helps continue the great work of the clinic.
The program fee supports local physicians which are critical to the success of the mobile clinic, which provides culturally sensitive care to individuals in Lima, Peru that have little or no access to health care services.