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Earthones Benefit Concert 2015

Last Friday, my friend and I eagerly slipped into Hart House for our very first EarthTones Benefit concert. This year, EarthTones Co-Chairs Erica Pollieri and Robin Liu hosted UTIHP’s 16th concert, an inspiring night when rock, hip hop, a cappella, and classical piano combine for humanitarian relief. Pollieri and Liu proudly presented the evening knowing they had an amazing group of artists who would entertain the students, families, and professors seated with us in the crowd. We quickly searched for the best seats we could find. Very soon, my friend and I were both looking at each other in awe at the extraordinary U of T talent that kept following one act after another. Our MC Ronnie Daoud

Earthones Benefit Concert 2015

Last Friday, my friend and I eagerly slipped into Hart House for our very first EarthTones Benefit concert. This year, EarthTones Co-Chairs Erica Pollieri and Robin Liu hosted UTIHP’s 16th concert, an inspiring night when rock, hip hop, a cappella, and classical piano combine for humanitarian relief. Pollieri and Liu proudly presented the evening knowing they had an amazing group of artists who would entertain the students, families, and professors seated with us in the crowd. We quickly searched for the best seats we could find. Very soon, my friend and I were both looking at each other in awe at the extraordinary U of T talent that kept following one act after another. Our MC Ronnie Daoud

University of Toronto World AIDS Day 2015

World AIDS Day at the University of Toronto will take place at Hart House Great Hall on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM. This is a celebration of our efforts against the world’s indifference to the death of millions with AIDS. With guest speakers, musical and artistic performances, this event promises to be an invigorating amalgamation of knowledge-sharing, fundraising and discussion. The reception with refreshments and drinks begins at 5:30 pm, and the event itself begins at 6:00 pm.The Great Hall Gallery will also feature local NGOs and campus groups distinguished for their work in AIDS. (All donations collected at the event will go to Teresa Group, an HIV/AIDS clinic sp

Tracking the AIDS pandemic at U of T

The HIV/AIDS pandemic is one of the most serious global health challenges faced around the world today. HIV, a virus that leads to the disease AIDS, was first acquired by humans from blood contact with chimpanzees in West Africa, and eventually transmitted to society through unprotected sex, shared needles, childbirth and breastfeeding. It attacks the immune system, leaving the body unable to guard itself from infections and diseases. Currently, there is no cure. According to WHO, a total estimate of 39 million people have died since its first cases were reported back in 1981 and as of 2013 approximately 35 million people worldwide are currently living with HIV/AIDS. Not only does HIV/AIDS d

HHR 2016

According to the United Nations, “the right to health is a fundamental part of our human rights and of our understanding of a life in dignity…regardless of our age, gender, socio-economic or ethnic background”. Unfortunately, as we are all too acutely aware, there is often a dissonance between this utopian assertion and the reality of healthcare access around the world. The concepts of global health and human rights are so intricately connected that it is impossible to think of one without the other. This is why each year UTIHP (University of Toronto International Health Program) hosts the Global Health and Human Rights Conference (HHR) aimed at engaging and exploring the intersection betwe

HSPP: A new beginning

The High School Partnership Program (HSPP) is the UTIHP chapter focused on helping high school students become involved with UTIHP and global health. HSPP’s mission is to educate youth about global health and encourage involvement and awareness in the global health community. The program seeks to develop high school students into global citizens who are engaged with issues about global health and open-minded to all views and perspectives on health. It has found new form under the leadership of the 2015/2016 co-chairs who are directing their focus towards building an engaged and long-standing global health community. Some new improvements include high school class presentations, involved work

The Ontario Model World Health Organization (OMWHO)

The Ontario Model World Health Organization (OMWHO) has plans to advance global health awareness at University of Toronto that are truly unique - it is the only conference of its kind in Ontario. OMWHO has successfully introduced a conference that enables students to achieve skills in diplomacy and debating. Consequently, it fosters an atmosphere that encourages students to become active members of the global health community. The conference’s popularity is well known as it is now successfully progressing into its sixth year. An event conducted through the University of Toronto International Health Program (UTIHP), it’s conducted in format similar to a Model United Nations conference, thus g

U of T Student Group REACH Rises Up to Local and Global Health Challenges

The Canadian response to the Syrian refugee crisis was a divisive and emotionally-charged issue in the recent federal election. Since 2011, over 4 million Syrian people have fled their homeland, which is torn apart by an increasingly violent civil war. The Canadian federal government pledged in 2013 to re-settle 11,300 Syrian refugees, but as of October 2015 barely one-fifth of that target has been reached— a paltry response that several journalists, politicians, and one former Prime Minister have called a ‘national embarrassment’. Recently elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to open our doors to 25,000 additional refugees by the end of 2015, a controversial decision that has

Dr. Chakrabarti on Challenges in Children’s Healthcare in Asia

On Monday October 26th, the University of Toronto’s Pre-Medical Society and UTIHP’s Global Health Engage collaborated in hosting the ‘The Challenges of Children’s Healthcare in Asia’ fundraising event featuring keynote speaker Dr. Prantar Chakrabarti, Head of the Department of Hematology at the Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital in Calcutta, India. All proceeds went to Hemoglobal, a Canadian charity dedicated to improving the lives of children affected by blood disease worldwide. Dr. Chakrabarti was introduced by Hemoglobal Executive Director, Nancy Olivieri, as a man who wants to change the face of healthcare for patients in India – and his two-hour talk was nothing short of insp

A Musical Movement

A few weeks ago, I was very excited to attend the Annual Keith Davey Forum hosted by Victoria College. After running across campus from my math class to reach the plenary late, I was lucky to find a seat in a theatre animated by the voices and questions of a mass of U of T’s political science students, the Vic One community, and other guests. The focus for this discussion was chosen unanimously by our students: Is Canada Doing Enough to Promote Human Rights around the World? When placing a past Minister of Foreign Affairs for Canada (Lloyd Axworthy) against a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (Charli Carpenter), the resulting debate w

Welcome, Waleed and Theodora

Dear Readers, Welcome to UTIHP’s personal news outlet. For the first year ever, UTIHP has its own dedicated team of journalists and editors who will be providing coverage on all things UTIHP. Our goal is to keep you informed, updated, and inspired by what is happening both on and off campus. U of T is full of passionate, intelligent, and driven people. We come to university to engage intellectually with the world around and within, to connect with interesting people, and to be able to contribute to our communities. This is our mission - to “Engage, connect, and contribute”. Around 3 decades ago, two students felt that there was an increasing interest in global health amongst their classmates

Looking to join our Editorial Team?

We are always looking to connect with passionate journalists interested in writing about Global Health. If you would like to contribute to our Editorials in some way please email codirectors@utihp.ca.

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