Global Health Opportunities

Global Health Opportunities

Too often, medical students claim they want to get involved in global health but don’t know how to go about it. Here those statements meet the end of the road. Primum will feature a variety of ways to get involved in servicing your community. These will include local and international organisations. Remember the best way to change the world is by initiating change in your own community. If one of these organisations doesn’t exist around you, take a step of confidence. Identify the need and establish a branch. “Founder” looks pretty damn good on a CV! If you or your organisation would like to be featured to promote student involvement or awareness, send an email to

Zonta International
Zonta is a leading global organisation of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. The vision Zonta International holds is to create a world in which women’s rights are recognised as human rights and every woman is capable of reaching her peak potential equal to that of men and without fear of violence. Formed in 1919, Zonta will soon celebrate its 100th birthday with 30,000 members in 66 countries. Zonta empowers women and girls worldwide by focusing on education and advocacy, allowing these women to break the cycle of poverty, abuse, and sexism. They offer programs for scholarships and support to women working and pursuing education in male-dominated careers. International service programs exist on 6 continents and vary on each location but still focus not only on increased access to education, healthcare, legal services and economic opportunities, but also on ending violence against women and girls. As such, there are many ways to be involved.

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Start by Believing Campaign
This public awareness campaign is dedicated to ending the cycle of silence that revolves around assault, domestic violence and stalking. Launched in 2011, Start by Believing aims to inform and embrace family members and communities’ role in fighting this violence. Victims most often confide in friends and family members first making their role vital. If responded to negatively, victims are more likely to blame themselves, not report future trauma, and allow violence to re-occur in the future. Even more importantly, most rapists repeat this heinous act making more victims. By believing the first victim, supporting them, and helping them to get justice we interrupt the cycle of abuse. Believing Day is celebrated during April. Bring this event to your campus and promote awareness.

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The Sexual Trauma Assault Response team (STAR) mission is to support survivors of sexual trauma, improve systems response, and create social change to end sexual violence. This organisation began in 1975 in Baton Rouge as a non-profit organisation. It reaches survivors and families by providing advocacy, counseling and legal services to individuals and families affected by sexual trauma at no cost. STAR provides a Hotline to report assualt and ask for help and will provide information on services and how to proceed as well as supporting the survivor through the process. STAR currently serves the Baton Rouge area, the greater New Orleans area, and Alexandria area. Their beliefs are: 1)Sexual trauma is any sexual violation that includes, but is not limited to, verbal harassment, physical contact, and/or the attempt to do so without an individual’s lawful consent, 2)Sexual trauma is a public health problem, not simply a concern of an individual who experiences sexual trauma 3) Common attitudes and beliefs inform behaviors within our culture that normalize excuse, condone and perpetuate sexual trauma, 4) Sexual trauma prevention requires a multi-level approach including primary prevention, therapeutic intervention and supportive response. 5) Every survivor has the right to confidential and competent services, regardless of their background, gender, race, ethnicity, ability, sexual identity or decision to report.

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Covenant House
Covenant House, opened in 1972, helps homeless, runaway, and trafficked young people by offering housing and support services. Their yearly average of 46,000 reached is made possible by having operations in several countries. Covenant house has 5 guiding principles: immediacy (helping during crises), sanctuary (providing home with a sense of security), valuing communication (teaching respect and honesty), structure (providing stability), and choice (building confidence and encouraging smart choices). Funding is derived primarily by donations and is utilised to maintain open doors 365 days 24/7. Find a location near you to get involved by fundraising or volunteering.


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Eden House
Eden House NOLA’s mission is to end human and sex trafficking by empowering women to change their lives through becoming members of the community. Eden house provides a safe home with recovering services, advocacy, outreach, and education. Established in 2011, Eden House was designed after Magdalene House/Thistle Farms in Nashville, Tennessee. It aims to help adult female victims of human trafficking and has successfully helped over 120 women. This 2 year program doesn’t receive any direct state or federal but rather by individuals, foundations, and companies who donate or volunteer their services. Applause goes out to the founders, volunteers, and the strong women who have the courage to ask for help.

Volunteer opportunities include tutoring, skills workshops, general support and advocacy. Sign up here:

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THORN: Digital Defenders of Children
Some view Ashton Kutcher as just a pretty face and let’s be honest a guy’s guy, not the smartest cookie in the cookie jar. But Ashton Kutcher’s story is a testimonial that you need not be the richest or the smartest to make a difference. Ashton Kutcher, along with Demi Moore, founded this organisation in 2009 as the DNA Foundation and with an official name change in 2012. Inspired by watching a human trafficking documentary, THORN was established to combat sexual predators on the Internet and to ensure the safety of children online by implementing technological barriers and initiatives. This task force includes Blekko, Facebook, Google, Irdeto, Microsoft, Mozilla, Palantir, Salesforce Foundation, Symantec, and Twitter. The slogan of this innovative group is “We refuse to live in a world where abused children remain in their situation because technology that exists simply isn’t being used to find them.” The main methods of achieving their goals focus on deter predators using online tools to intercept abusive behaviour, accelerating victim identification by utilising digital footprints, and disrupting platforms by working with companies P2P networks and the dark web to make abusive behaviour less acceptable online. If you have tech skills, look for a way to be involved. If not, take a stand and spread the message.

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