ECFMG/FAIMER Announces Recipients of 2019 Student Projects for Health Awards

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Recent Student Projects for Health award recipients presenting their projects at the conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health.

By developing programs that promote HIV prevention, tackle malnutrition, and combat air pollution, college students around the world aren’t waiting until they graduate to make a difference in their communities, and they are being recognized for their efforts. The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) and its Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®) on Monday announced the recipients of the 2019 Student Projects for Health awards.

Now in its fifth year, the Student Projects for Health competition recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions through projects that promote community health and well-being. It is open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. The competition is supported by FAIMER and by ECFMG through its GEMxsm program, which promotes global educational exchange in medicine and the health professions. Since the competition was launched in 2015, ECFMG/FAIMER has presented awards to 75 students from 22 countries.

“Promoting quality medical education and health care worldwide are core to the ECFMG/FAIMER mission,” said William W. Pinsky, MD, President and CEO of ECFMG and Board Chair of FAIMER. “The quality of this year’s projects and the engagement of these students in improving the health of their communities are truly inspiring. The recipients have demonstrated the innovation and diversity of efforts needed to meet global health care needs.”

From the 72 submissions received from around the globe, ECFMG/FAIMER selected 12 students from nine countries to receive this year’s awards. Submissions were reviewed by an international panel of 18 reviewers. They were judged on the quality of the project, degree and nature of the applicant’s participation, the applicant’s contribution to project innovation, the impact of the project, and diffusion and integration of the project.

The award recipients are invited to present their projects during the 2019 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health which will be held September 10-13 in Darwin, Australia. The award includes air travel, hotel accommodations, and conference registration fee.

The 2019 recipients are:

  • Oscar Acopiado of Manila, Philippines, a medical student at the University of the Philippines Manila College of Medicine, for the project titled The Quisumbing-Escandor Film Festival for Health
  • Samuel Robert Bunting of Chicago, Ill., a medical student at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Sciences Chicago Medical School, for the project titled Interprofessional Collaboration to Increase PrEP Prescription for HIV-Prevention in Primary Care: A Student-Led Initiative
  • Fabrice Humara of Kigali, Rwanda, a pharmacy student at the University of Rwanda College of Medicine & Health Sciences, for the project titled Pharmacy Students’ Engagement in Prison Inmates’ Health Attention to Tuberculosis Disease
  • Hiba Eltayeb Mahgoub of Wad Madani, Sudan, a medical student at the University of Gezira, for the project titled Health Promotion Among School-Aged Children in Wadsrair El-Dar Village
  • Lauren Yu-Lien Maldonado of Durham, N.C., and Los Angeles, Calif., a medical student at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, for the project titled Chamas for Change: An Integrated Maternal and Child Peer Support and Micro-Finance Model in Western Kenya
  • Evode Mbabazi of Kigali, Rwanda, a medical student at the University of Rwanda College of Medicine & Health Sciences, for the project titled CINEMA Education for Health
  • Yidnekachew Girma Mogessie of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a medical student at St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College, for the project titled Sexual Health Education for Better Awareness
  • Husna Moola of Cape Town, South Africa, a medical student at the University of Cape Town, for the project titled Prevalence of Dysglycemia in a Population that Attends a Masjid in Cape Town and a Novel Approach to Community Epidemiology
  • Julius Nuwagaba of Kampala, Uganda, a medical student at Makerere University School of Medicine, for the project titled She Decides Project
  • Stephen Odiwuor Ochieng of Juja, Kenya, a medical student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, for the project titled Early Childhood Development Center Malnutrition Program
  • Nishimagizwe Patience of Kigali, Rwanda, a medical student at the University of Rwanda College of Medicine & Health Sciences, for the project titled CompanionApp
  • Amitavikram Sattigeri of Delhi, India, a medical student at Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, for the project titled WindMe: The Electricity-Free Exhaust Fan for Combating Indoor Air Pollution in Indian Slums

Winners of the 2018 Projects That Work Competition

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of five winners of its sixth annual Projects That Work competition. A representative of each project will be sponsored by FAIMER to attend the 2018 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH), to be held August 16-20, 2018, in Limerick, Ireland. Winners will discuss their work during a panel session designed to give conference attendees insights about factors that have contributed to their projects’ success and sustainability.

The winners of the 2018 Projects That Work competition are:

Shantharam Baliga (India)
Malaria Control System: GIS-based Software Technology Assistance for Effective Control of Malaria in Mangaluru, India

Maryellen Brisbois (United States)
Bridging the Atlantic: An International Alliance in Community Health among American and Azorean Nursing Students & Faculty

Reginaldo Freitas, Jr. (Brazil)
Barriguda Project: Promoting Maternal Health in a Quilombola Community of Brazil

María de la Paz Grebe (Argentina)
Posta Las Lilas: A Model of Integral Commitment to the Community

Eric Nizeyimana (Rwanda)
Community-based Malaria Prevention Empowerment

Winners of the 2018 Student Projects for Health Competition

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of 16 winners of its 2018 Student Projects for Health competition. The Student Projects for Health competition—supported by GEMx and FAIMER—will be a feature of the 2018 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH), to be held August 16-20, 2018, in Limerick, Ireland.  Winners will be invited to attend the conference and present posters about their projects. The award includes travel, accommodation, and conference registration fee.

Now in its fourth year, the Student Projects for Health competition recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being, and was open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects.

The winners of the 2018 Student Projects for Health competition are:

Mohammed Adam (Sudan)
Khalawi Health Promotion Project

Tahir Dawood (South Africa)
The Surgical Society Emergency Room Initiative

Fabrice Humura (Rwanda)
Pharmacy Students Engagement in Prison Inmates’ Health Attention to Tuberculosis Disease

Hakeem Kiboi (Kenya)
Strengthening Kenya’s Primary Health Care System and Response to Epidemics – RockHealth Integrated Care Organization (RICO)

Dede Latey (Ghana)
The MindIT Project 

Agnes Namagembe (Uganda)
Village Health Teams’ Role in Improving Utilization of Maternal Newborn and Child Health Services in Butaleja District

Evode Ngayabo (Rwanda)
CINEMA Education for Health

Kennedy Omondi Ogutu (Kenya)
Help Remove My Jigger

Faith Okoi (Nigeria)
Street Children Project

Nishimagizwe Patience (Rwanda)
CompanionAPP

Sonya Ramondino (Ireland)
Interdisciplinary Forum for Healthcare

Lina Saeed (Sudan)
Anti TB Campaign; Together to End TB

Amitavikram Sattigeri (India)
WindMe: The Electricity-free Exhaust Fan for Combating Indoor Air Pollution in Indian Slums

Kushali Savla (India)
Together We Smile

Preeti Shakya (Nepal)
In Her Hands

Abobaker Younis (Sudan)
Let’s Fight the Flesh-Eater

2017 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health

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(pictured left to right) Mercedes Bernadá (Uruguay), Safinah Kisu Museene (Uganda), Esoh Godfrey Nji (Cameroon), Pushpanjali Krishnappa (India), Jana Muller (South Africa), and Julieta Dorado (Philippines)The 2017 annual international conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) took place April 8-12, 2017, in Hammamet, Tunisia. The theme of the conference, which was held in conjunction with the World Summit on Social Accountability, was “Improving the Impact of Educational Institutions on People’s Health.” The program included keynote addresses, didactic sessions, workshops, and poster sessions related to this theme.

One highlight of the conference was the session presenting winners of the fifth annual Projects That Work competition, sponsored and organized by FAIMER, which showcased six projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the conference theme for three years or longer. An annual feature of The Network: TUFH conference, Projects That Work recognizes excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, in order to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 27 submissions, from which six were selected by an international panel of 20 reviewers.

The winning 2017 Projects That Work projects were represented at the conference by (pictured above, left to right) Mercedes Bernadá (Uruguay), Safinah Kisu Museene (Uganda), Esoh Godfrey Nji (Cameroon), Pushpanjali Krishnappa (India), Jana Muller (South Africa), and Julieta Dorado (Philippines). The session was moderated by Ralf Graves, FAIMER Director of Regional Institutes. The projects were presented in a combined panel discussion/poster presentation format to maximize potential for collaboration and sharing between attendees and presenters.

The conference also featured the winners of the third annual Student Projects for Health competition. Sponsored by FAIMER and GEMx, the Student Projects for Health competition recognizes the work of students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. The competition was open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 130 submissions from which 14 projects were selected by an international panel of 23 reviewers. The students produced posters describing their work, which they presented during two interactive sessions.

Projects That Work and Student Projects for Health will also be features of the next Network: TUFH conference to be held in Limerick, Ireland, August 16-20, 2018. Applications are expected to open in early 2018.

2016 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health

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Winners of the 2016 Projects That Work Competition at the 2016 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for HealthThe 2016 annual international conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) took place July 26-30, 2016, in Shenyang, China. Hosted in partnership with China Medical University, the conference theme was “Building Trust: A Global Challenge in Health System Reform.” The program included keynote addresses, didactic sessions, workshops, and poster sessions related to this theme. For the first time the conference also featured a new plenary format called “TUFH Talks” that included several three-minute presentations by individuals followed by commentary on each from a panel of experts.

A highlight of the 2016 Network: TUFH conference was the session presenting winners of the fourth annual Projects That Work competition, sponsored and organized by FAIMER, which showcased four projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the conference theme for three years or longer. An annual feature of The Network: TUFH conference, Projects That Work recognizes excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, in order to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 33 submissions, from which five were selected by an international panel of 12 reviewers. One of the winning projects has been deferred for presentation to the 2017 conference.

The winning 2016 Projects That Work projects were represented at the conference by (pictured above, left to right) Jachin Velavan (India), Doreen Mloka (Tanzania), Marco Sosa (Colombia), and Eric Rucogoza (Rwanda). The session was moderated by Ralf Graves, FAIMER Director of Regional Institutes. The projects were presented in a combined panel discussion/workshop format to maximize potential for collaboration and sharing amongst attendees.

The conference also featured the winners of the second annual Student Projects for Health competition. Sponsored by FAIMER and GEMxSM, the Student Projects for Health competition recognizes the work of students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. The competition was open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 68 submissions from which 20 students were selected by an international panel of 13 reviewers. The students produced posters describing their work, which they presented during two interactive sessions.

Projects That Work and Student Projects for Health will also be features of the next Network: TUFH conference to be held in Tunis, Tunisia, April 8-12, 2017. Applications for both competitions will open in early September.

2015 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health

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Winners of the 2015 Projects That Work competition at the 2015 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for HealthThe 2015 annual international conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) took place September 12-16, 2015, in Gauteng Province, South Africa. Held jointly with the annual conference of the South African Association for Health Educationalists (SAAHE), the conference theme was “Education for Change.” The program included keynote addresses, didactic sessions, workshops, and poster sessions related to this theme, as well as site visits to local community health care facilities.

A highlight of the 2015 Network: TUFH conference was the session presenting winners of the third annual Projects That Work competition, sponsored and organized by FAIMER, which showcased five projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the conference theme for three years or longer. An annual feature of The Network: TUFH conference, Projects That Work recognizes excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, in order to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 30 submissions, from which five were selected by an international panel of 13 reviewers.

The winning 2015 Projects That Work projects were represented at the conference by (pictured above, left to right) Rukhsana Ayub Aslam (Pakistan), Aminkeng Zawuo Leke (Cameroon), Carolina Araújo Damasio Santos (Brazil), Vidyadhar Balkrishna Bangal (India), and Suvetha Kannappan (India). The session was moderated by Ralf Graves, FAIMER Director of Regional Institutes. The projects were presented in a combined panel discussion/workshop format to maximize potential for collaboration and sharing amongst attendees.

This year’s conference also featured the introduction of a new program highlight. Sponsored by FAIMER and GEMx®, the Student Projects for Health competition recognized the work of students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. The competition was open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 73 submissions from which 17 students were selected by an international panel of 20 reviewers. The students produced posters describing their work, which they presented during an interactive session of the conference.

Projects That Work and Student Projects for Health will also be features of the next Network: TUFH conference to be held in Shenyang, China, July 26-30, 2016. Applications for both competitions will open in early January. Look here for an announcement.

Winners of the 2015 Projects That Work Competition

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FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of five winners of its third annual Projects That Work competition. A representative of each project will be sponsored by FAIMER to attend the joint conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE), to be held September 12-16 in Gauteng Province, South Africa. Winners will discuss their work during a panel session designed to give conference attendees insights about factors that have contributed to their projects’ success and sustainability.

The winners of the 2015 Projects That Work competition are:

A Arte de Nascer (The Art of Being Born)
Carolina Araújo Damasio Santos, Brazil

Diabetes Management in Rural Communities: Student Nurses Make a Difference Using Point-of-Care Testing
Aminkeng Zawuo Leke, Cameroon

Improving Health of Women in Garment Industries through Needs Assessment and Peer Health Education
Suvetha Kannappan, India

Sustaining Positive Change in MDG 4 and 5 through Building of “Village Aarogya Banks” in Rural and Tribal India
Vidyadhar Balkrishna Bangal, India

Using Service Learning to Develop Social Responsibility in Students and Improve Health of Women through Improved Health Literacy Action
Rukhsana Ayub Aslam, Pakistan

More detailed information on the 2015 winners and their projects will follow soon.

(posted June 16, 2015; updated June 1, 2016)

Abstract Submission Deadline for the Joint 2015 Conference of The Network: TUFH and SAAHE Extended to May 11

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Abstracts are now being accepted for the joint 2015 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH)and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE), to be held September 12-16, 2015, in Gauteng Province, South Africa. The conference organizers invite abstracts containing empirical, theoretical, or descriptive studies relevant to the subtheme for which the abstract is being submitted. Any contribution reflecting progress or containing new ideas will be considered.

Detailed information on the abstract submission process, including format, themes and subthemes, and the review process can be found on the website of the 2015 Network: TUFH Conference.

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to May 11, 2015.

(posted March 4, 2015; updated March 9, 2015, April 15, 2015, May 8, 2015)

Registration for the Joint 2015 Conference of The Network: TUFH and SAAHE Is Now Open

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Registration is now open for the joint conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE), to be held in Gauteng Province, South Africa, September 12-16, 2015. The theme of the conference is “Education for Change.”

Joint hosting of The Network: TUFH and SAAHE annual conferences provides an opportunity to build on the strengths of two great organizations to discuss the education of health professionals, with a focus on excellence and relevance to community health needs.

To learn more, please visit the conference website.

2014 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health

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Winners of the 2014 Projects That Work competition at the 2014 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for HealthThe 2014 annual international conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) took place November 19-23, 2014, in Fortaleza, Brazil. The conference theme was “Strengthening Health Professions Education as a Policy to Improve Health,” and its program included keynote addresses, didactic sessions, workshops, and poster sessions built around this theme, as well as site visits to local community health care facilities.

A highlight of the 2014 Network: TUFH conference was the session presenting winners of the second annual Projects That Work competition, sponsored and organized by FAIMER, which showcased seven projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the conference theme for three years or longer. An annual feature of The Network: TUFH conference, Projects That Work recognizes excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, in order to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 64 submissions, from which seven were selected by an international panel of 13 reviewers.

The 2014 Projects That Work winning projects were represented at the conference by (pictured above, left to right) Hoffie Conradie (South Africa), Patricia Kelly (South Africa), Gavin MacGregor (South Africa), Suhasini Jayantilal Nagda (India), Damas Dukundane (Rwanda), Michèle Twomey (South Africa), and Jenny Paola Salamanca Preciado (Colombia). The panel discussion was moderated by FAIMER Vice President for Education Bill Burdick.

Projects That Work will also be a feature of the next Network: TUFH conference to be held in Pretoria, South Africa, September 12-16, 2015. Check back in January for an announcement of the opening of the 2015 competition application.