By: Jennifer LeBlanc, Global Health Office Outreach Coordinator
The Dr. Ronald Stewart Award for Student Leadership in Global Health is given to a student who has demonstrated leadership in global health and a commitment to improving the health of marginalized communities during their time at Dalhousie.
This award honours Dr. Stewart’s personal, professional and educational support and dedication to global health, and the advancement of social capital worldwide.
This year’s recipient of the award is medical student, Yaeesh Sardiwalla. During his time at Dalhousie Medical School, Yaeesh has continually demonstrated a commitment to global health. He has participated in rotations at Baragwaneth Hospital in South Africa and had experiences in Cape Breton where he became heavily involved with First Nation’s health. He has translated his experiences with marginalized communities into political advocacy, establishing the Cape Breton Youth Council to improve the health delivery for First Nations populations.
Additionally, Yaeesh has been an integral leader with the Service Learning Program at Dalhousie, working with Mainline Needle Exchange. As an innovator, he has been part of establishing a startup company, Protell which creates a device for patients with sickle cell anemia to improve their management. He has also been instrumental in establishing the Choosing Wisely local chapter at Dalhousie, an initiative focused at engaging physicians and patients in conversations about unnecessary treatment and tests.
During his time as president of the Canadian Blood Service student society, the membership grew from 7 to 70 students and he spearheaded a fundraising initiative for “Spread the Net”, a charity that aimed to purchase mosquito nets for Sub-Saharan Africa.
Recently, Yaeesh was appointed Canadian medical student representative to the World Organization of Family Doctors. Yaeesh portrays a passion for improving the lives of those in vulnerable, marginalized communities around the world. There is a contagious enthusiasm with Yaeesh that explains his ability to inspire others and collaborate effectively.
Congratulations Yaeesh! Thank you for your contributions to global health during your time at Dalhousie.
For more information please visit our Global Health Awards webpage.
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