Going back to Nigeria, I will see everything from a different perspective. A lot needs to be changed in the health system in Nigeria, and I know that they can be modified despite the economy of the country. It needs the cooperation of every health personnel from the government to the medical student.
Imagine your excitement as a parent getting ready to attend your child’s graduation from medical school. Instead, you attend his funeral–yet another medical student suicide victim.And statistics show no improvement even when a medical student becomes a doctor.
“Medical student and physician suicide is an epidemic. It is estimated that 400 doctors die by suicide in the United States each year. That’s the equivalent of an entire medical school gone! The second leading cause of death among medical students is suicide–a well-known occupational hazard in medicine. Yet no medical organization is tracking these suicides. Why? And how can we solve a problem when it’s hidden from us?”
The more awareness we raise, the more we can speak with one voice–a voice of solidarity–to find the root causes of physician and medical student suicide, and promote solutions to turn the tide.
Fulfilling a life’s passion to care for others shouldn’t mean personal suffering–or worse.
Health Disparities are Issues of Poverty:
A Research and Development Trip to Ibadan, Nigeria
Ms. Faith Chibugo Njoku, Medical Student at University of California, Irvine School of Medicine will visit Nigeria where she will meet with other BRI leaders, members and supporters, using what she has learned from PovertyCure and elsewhere to create a platform from which to discuss how education, improvements in healthcare management, and refocused health policy can foster positive socio-economic solutions in rural Nigerian villages. By reaching medical students, local physicians, and the greater Ibadan community, Ms. Njoku and the “Project Group” will explore the local government’s role, or lack thereof, in Ibadan’s primary health sector.
Poverty, Inc.: “The Business of Doing Good.”
The University of Delaware BRI chapter is proud to screen Poverty, Inc. to students and faculty. It is a bold look at “the business of doing good.” Please join us for refreshments and lively discussion following the film.
From the film’s website:
“The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry — the business of doing good has never been better. Yet the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and leaders in the developing world are growing increasingly vocal in calling for change. Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore.”