MSAP is involved in multiple grass roots projects with aims of creating a difference in the developing world and educating the public on global health issues.
We are always open to sponsors to assist with these vital projects. If you are interested in supporting these projects, enquire below.
elective grant scheme
Annually, MSAP supplies monetary grants for fifth year medical students to spend on health resources for their medical placement electives in developing countries. These purpose of these grants is to fund vital medical equipment to improve health outcomes and ease financial barriers to adequate healthcare in these regions.
Food for thought
In 2016, MSAP launched "Food for Thought by MSAP" which aims to provide one daytime meal supplement three times a week for children in a single school near Nadiad (Kheda district) in Gujarat, India. The meal consists of Bournvita (a nutritional supplement akin to Sustagen, primarily for young children), milk and a solid food item e.g. fruit. We are also cultivating hand-washing habits before eating by providing soap before the meal, particularly as culturally appropriate practices involve eating food with bare hands.
KGNMT Education & Sanitation Project
MSAP is partnering with Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust (KGNMT) in an effort to increase hygiene standards, improve health outcomes, and promote further education in rural areas of India. This year, MSAP will be funding reconstruction of the bathrooms in Kanya Vidya Mandir secondary school in rural India. This school is run by KGNMT and boards 145 female students. With constructions beginning early this year, we hope to provide these girls with better facilities and encourage school attendance.
Crossing Crossing Borders for Health is an AMSA Global Health initiative which aims to educate and raise awareness about the mental and physical health issues as well as other difficulties suffered by refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. MSAP's Crossing Borders holds an annual speaker event which is a great chance to find out how you can get involved in refugee activism and advocacy. We are currently seeking 1st year medical students for our subcommittee.
Code Green is an AMSA Global Health initiative that aims to provide a platform from which medical students and doctors can educate, engage and inspire colleagues and the wider community to act now to prevent the worst health consequences of climate change. This year, MSAP's Code Green is focussing on educating the community on the health consequences of climate change, while also maintaining a green focus with other MSAP events to minimise environmental impacts.
Birthing kit night
Every year, MSAP runs a birthing kit night which involves students assembling 1000 birthing kits in collaboration with Birthing Kit Foundation Australia. An estimated 385,000 women die annually in childbirth, many from preventable infections acquired during childbirth - 90% are in developing countries. The kits aim to provide a clean and safe birthing environment for women in developing countries to reduce the incidence of infant and maternal morbidity and mortality.
Global health short course
Annually, MSAP runs UNSW's Global Health Short Course which is a lecture series aiming to educate and champion health issues affecting the developing world. The inaugural course, certified by AMSA, is overwhelmingly popular, attracting over 200 attendees. Open to all UNSW students across campus, and also students from other universities, the course is a great way to be informed and gather ideas about how you could change the world. Students are accredited following completion of the course.
Become a sponsor
If you would like to sponsor any of these projects, fill out the form below and we will get back to you.