Stanford University School of Medicine students created the Organization for Global Health (OGH) to increase awareness of international health issues by educating at home and assisting abroad.
OGH students facilitate participation in issues surrounding international health through travel fellowships and NGO networking. They also stimulate passion and interest in global health through tangible community-initiated, community-centered projects abroad.
Whether helping devise new preventive strategies, gaining hands-on clinical experience or conducting field research, members of OGH are advocates for improved health care worldwide.
Jude Alawa, from Miami, Florida, is pursuing an MD at Stanford School of Medicine. He earned bachelor’s degrees in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and global affairs from Yale University, as well as a master’s degree in public health from the University of Cambridge. Jude aspires to use his experience treating patients to inform community-based interventions and policy reform that can improve access to quality health services for marginalized communities. Originally from Damascus, Syria, Jude has led several projects to improve access to quality healthcare for displaced populations, particularly in Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and Somalia. Jude enjoys playing and watching basketball, playing the piano and viola, and spending time outdoors.
Cyrus Buckman, from Accra, Ghana, is pursuing an MD at Stanford School of Medicine. He graduated from Earlham College with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. Cyrus aspires to bring improved healthcare access to people living in underserved communities across the globe. He participated in health campaigns in Peru, providing free clinical services and vaccinations in rural areas. Cyrus worked as a project coordinator at Global Environment & Technology Foundation, helping to bring clean water and sanitation access, and improve the availability of medical supplies, to African communities. At Stanford, Cyrus also serves as the Community Outreach Chair of the Cardinal Free Clinics, which provides access to high-quality transitional medical care for underserved patient populations in the Bay area. Cyrus also enjoys playing tennis, ping pong, and soccer.
Ria Jodah was born and raised in Georgetown, Guyana before coming to the US for college. She earned her undergraduate degree in Human Biology with a focus on Infectious Diseases and Global Health and then spent a year playing rugby and earning her Master’s degree in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation in the UK. In the future, Ria hopes to work with under-resourced communities and marginalised individuals to overcome inequities in access to care, especially within the Caribbean. Currently, she enjoys advocating for first-generation and/or low-income students, supporting the Stanford Women’s Rugby Team and cooking spicy meals.
Abu Bakarr Rogers
Abu is a second-year medical student from Freetown, Sierra Leone. He graduated from the Ohio State University with a BS in Biochemistry, where he did research on malaria drug discovery and worked at a Free Clinic. At Stanford, he is involved with several SUMMA Organizations, Organization for Global Health, Infectious Diseases and Global Surgery research, and he serves as Operations Manager at the Cardinal Free Clinics. His interests are in Global and Public Health, teaching, and research. Abu’s interests in Global Health stem from his experiences growing in Sierra Leone and interactions with the healthcare systems both in Sierra Leone and in the United States. Outside of school, he enjoys cooking, working out, listening to music, and travelling.