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Ugandan Medical Student, Julius Nuwagaba Earns International Award For Project To Improve Community Health

PHILADELPHIA, UNITED STATES– Julius Nuwagaba of Kampala, Uganda, a medical student at Makerere University School of Medicine, is one of 12 students from around the world named recipients of the 2019 Student Projects for Health awards presented by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) and its Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®).

As a recipient of the award, Julius Nuwagaba will have the opportunity to present his winning project during the 2019 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health, which will be held September 10-13 in Darwin, Australia. The award includes air travel, hotel accommodations, and conference registration fee.

Nuwagaba’s project, titled She Decides Project, provides reproductive health information and affordable services to vulnerable populations, specifically low-income women and adolescents in Uganda. In partnership with Reproductive Health Uganda and Medical Students for Choice, student volunteers of the She Decides Project utilize existing recreational programs to spread health information and services. The project educates students on topics such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, family planning, unwanted pregnancy, and cervical cancer to build a strong future generation of sexual and reproductive health and rights advocates.

“Promoting quality medical education and health care worldwide are core to the ECFMG/FAIMER mission,” said William W. Pinsky, MD, President and CEO of ECFMG and Board Chair of FAIMER. “The quality of this year’s projects and the engagement of these students in improving the health of their communities are truly inspiring. The recipients have demonstrated the innovation and diversity of efforts needed to meet global health care needs.”

Now in its fifth year, the Student Projects for Health competition recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. It is open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. The competition is supported by FAIMER and ECFMG through its GEMxsm, program, which promotes global educational exchange in medicine and the health professions. Since the competition was launched in 2015, ECFMG/FAIMER has presented Student Projects for Health awards to 75 students from 22 countries.

From the 72 submissions received from around the globe, ECFMG/FAIMER selected 12 students from nine countries to receive this year’s awards. Submissions were reviewed by an international panel of 18 reviewers. They were judged on the quality of the project, degree and nature of the applicant’s participation, the applicant’s contribution to project innovation, the impact of the project, and diffusion and integration of the project.

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