Global health can mean many things, and I can imagine we all have a traditional image of global health service—serving abroad in resource-limited areas. But what if I told you that global health has a vast amount of opportunities, and that YOU can make a difference?
Small, intentional acts of positive change can make worldwide impact.
I truly believe in the statement above. It’s a statement I tell myself daily. I believe that most of us, if not all of us, want to leave our mark on the world and to care for those around us. So let’s do our part by working together to share information about known diseases and public health events of international concern.
I thought I would share a few of the World Health Organization’s “Ten threats to global health in 2019” because the world is facing multiple health challenges, and I want to be a part of the positive change. You never know; you may find a global health threat that you’re passionate about combatting.
- Air pollution and climate change
- Noncommunicable diseases
- Global influenza pandemic
- Antimicrobial resistance
- Ebola and other high-threat pathogens
- Weak primary health care
From the list above, I find myself most passionate about combating noncommunicable diseases. You can always start small by increasing awareness through your social media channels or contributing to organizations who are working to combat these global health threats.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi