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People young and old across the US have connected with seven different communities across the African continent to support locally initiated health projects. Using the vibrant color of bananas and the enthusiasm of youth, a new nonprofit has grown to support the coming revolution in African health care.
It all began with one individual, Fr. Joseph Birungi, who had the dream of providing access to basic health care in a remote area where he worked. His dream was transferred on to me through his stories of those who died because they did not have access to basic health care. At the time I was a 14 year-old who knew little of the world beyond Michigan's borders, but I was inspired to do something. Just entering high school, I was full of naive optimism with a goal to figure out how I could make an impact in the world. Although I was youthful, naive, and optimistic I had an incredible mentor, my mother. She helped me form basic assumptions that laid the foundation for my understanding of "global health as everyone's responsibility.
I recently came across this petition which some of you may have already seen. It is a petition from the Global AIDS Alliance to encourage changes in PEPFAR's policy to be more aggressive, inclusive, and structurally focused.
The link is below--please read about the proposed changes and sign up!
I had an incredible experience at the summit as well, and I want to thank all the fellows and staff who made that possible. I'm very honored to be a part of this network.