By: Taylor Eisenstein
UAEM is a non-profit organization rooted at the heart of university students whose goal is to “improve global access to public health goods.” In a university setting, established scientists and physicians develop new technologies and medicines that are beneficial to the state of human health. Sometimes, however, it may be difficult for poorer countries to obtain access to these helpful resources. This is where UAEM comes in.
Emory University’s chapter of UAEM specifically works with the Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI) on The Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance Network project, otherwise known as CHAMPS. The goal of CHAMPS, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is to “collect data and strengthen public health capacity” in developing countries with high childhood mortality rates.
Featured speakers included Priti Krishti, Co-Founder and Director of Treatment Access of I-MAK, an organization aimed at increasing medication affordability for all individuals; Adam Foss, a former Assistant District Attorney; Rachel Kiddell-Monroe, a lawyer and activist who serves on the International Board of Doctors without Borders; and Margo Bagley, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law at Emory University.
“People from all disciplines came together [for the conference] for a common mission: to bring healthcare and drug advocacy to those who need it the most,” says Sharma, who also serves on UAEM’s North America Coordinating Committee.
In the future, Sharma hopes that UAEM will expand to additional chapters across the globe and that students worldwide can work together to make a difference and increase accessibility to medical technologies and resources. Currently, UAEM is working on a qualitative review of Research and Development systems—a project they call “Re:Route”—using data visualization tools and hopes to make an impact with the World Health Organization (WHO).
“With the WHO conference in Geneva coming up next spring, UAEM is gearing to expand their Re:Route campign,” Sharma says.