Hope for the globe
Rebecca Hope, a medical student at Leeds, is coordinator of Alma Mata, a global health network for healthcare graduates (www.almamata.net). She has a bachelors degree in international health from University College London and is author of The Elective Pack, available on Student BMJ.com, a guide to international health and development for medical students. She spoke to Tiago Villanueva about the future for Alma Mata and global health
Inequalities exist everywhere. I grew up in a small village in a region of England where the coal mines had gone, and steel works were bulldozed during the 1980s. At the state school up the road I soon realised that coming from a better-off commuter village made all the difference to my aspirations, education, and, ultimately, future course in life. This left an impression that will stay with me but also optimism that inequalities can be overcome when people have the opportunities to realise their potential. A brief project in rural India when I was 17 opened my eyes to the wider world and the global differences in health between and within countries and sparked a continuing passion for travel. My involvement in international health really began, though, with a bachelor of science degree (BSc) in international health at University College London.
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