In the past few years, health professional students across East Africa have become increasingly involved in health and human rights advocacy, coming together with peers and future colleagues, professors and the human rights community to demand policy and programming that protects and promotes the right to health.
In a few short weeks we'll be bringing these student advocates together for the East Africa Health and Human Rights Leadership Institute in Kampala, Uganda—organized in collaboration with our partner group in Uganda, the Action Group for Health, Human Rights and HIV/AIDS (AGHA).
From April 2-4, 2009 over 70 future health professionals from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and the United States will meet in Kampala to build their knowledge on health and human rights, develop advocacy skills and share experiences with peers, health professionals and health rights advocates from across the region.
In total, 10 universities will be represented. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to come together to learn about their role in protecting and promoting human rights and to build the skills necessary for student-led advocacy for key policy and programming changes. Most importantly, it's a time for future health professionals from across the region (and the United States!) to share their experiences in advocacy—share their successes, their challenges and their plans for the future.
Three of us from PHR will be traveling to Kampala, along with 3 representatives from PHR's US student chapters, to join the students and our partners in East Africa. Keep checking back to see posts from some of the many students who have been working tirelessly to help us plan and prepare for this event. They'll be sharing with you how the Leadership Institute is proceeding, what they're learning and what this all may mean for the future of health professional student advocacy in East Africa and the United States.