The Lancet recently released a series of articles and commentaries on the topic of Universal Health Coverage in Latin America, written by notable researchers. While reading through some of the articles, I thought about how some of the key issues identified will play an important role in the learning experience of Peacework's upcoming trip to Guatemala.
I recently read an article in the travel section of the Toronto Star about Guatemala, a country historically infamous for nothing more than its high levels of crime and poverty.
Earlier this month, I attended a speech given by Doctor Alex Jadad on global public health and its relation to inequality around the world. Listening to what Jadad brought up during his lecture raised interesting connections between global public health and the goals of Peacework.
Keith Drakeford is a 4th year student in the International Relations specialist program. As part of Students for International Development, Keith has travelled to Peru where he has researched a variety of projects promoting sustainable, community-based development; for instance, educational workshops on proper sanitation and organization of a farmer's association. He continues to actively promote and mentor students who are interested in experiencing and learning first-hand about what sustainable international development truly entails.
Still, while many criticize the goals promoted on volountour trips, there are certainly some organizations that deliver more than just an alternative holiday. These organizations do not promote the kind of voluntourism which masquerades as nothing more than a Band-Aid solution to the problems facing developing nations.
Professor Joy Fitzgibbon is a professor at the University of Toronto, teaching a course on public policy in the Trinity One International Relations Stream. She is an expert on global health policy, working at the intersection of international relations and public policy to explore the impact of global health networks on policy reform. She is the co-author of Networks of Knowledge: Collaborative Innovation in International Learning.
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