Our Class of 2018
This year, the demand exceeded our expectations. The MultiPOD Mentoring Class of 2018 consists of 45 broadly experienced and knowledgeable international Mentors and 50 bright, enthusiastic, and promising students and young professionals (SYPs). The following data suggest that we may be one of the most diverse and large international mentoring program for students and young professionals (SYPs) entering the field of Global Health and Human Development.
1) Gender: We made a special effort to recruit more female Mentors this year, and we succeeded. Now, among the 45 Mentors there are 20 women (44%) and 25 men (56%) In contrast, in 2017, only 4 (17%) of our 24 Mentors were women. Among the SYPs, the percentage of men (23%) was similar to that in 2017 (28%). The persistence of this gender disparity among students and young professionals is due to the decreasing number of men and increasing number of women entering the fields of public health and global health across the world.
2) Geographic distribution: In 2018, our 96 Mentors and SYPs were born in or are currently working or studying in 59 different countries:
Central and West Africa: Cameroon, DR Congo, Ghana, Nigeria
East and South Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi
Middle East and North Africa: Algiers, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates
North America: Canada, Mexico, United States
Central America: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama
South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru
English and Dutch Caribbean: Bahamas, Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago
Western Europe: Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland
Northern Europe: Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom
Southern Europe: Croatia, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain
Eastern Europe and Caucasus: Bulgaria, Georgia, Poland, Romania, Ukraine
Central Asia: Uzbekistan
South Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal
South East Asia: Myanmar, Thailand
East Asia: China, Hong Kong (CN)
3) Academic and Professional Background: As in 2017, more than 70% of the Mentors are physicians. Among the 50 SYPs, the situation is reversed. There are only nine medical doctors (18%) and the remaining 41 young women and men have been trained in the following disciplines:
Economics, Political Science, Informatics, Multilingual Communications, Neuroscience, Dentistry, Nursing, Microbiology, Music, History, Geography, Physical Therapy, Systems Research, Business Administration, Genomics, Innovation and Management, Food and Nutrition, Psychology, Medical Anthropology, Biomedical Sciences, Epidemiology, Pharmacy, Sociology, Life Sciences, Health Economics, International Development, Management, Policy Analysis, Finance, Health Systems, and Environmental Studies, among others.
4) Languages: Although English is our working language, MultiPOD Mentoring's SYPs and Mentors are native speakers of or fluent in forty-five languages. These include the six official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish), three of the newly proposed UN official languages (Bengali, Hindi, and Portuguese), and other Asian, European, and African languages (Amharic, Asante, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cantonese, Catalan, Chichewa, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Fante, Finnish, Ga, Georgian, German, Gujarati, Italian, Krobo, Marathi, Nepali, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Slovenian, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Uzbek, and Yoruba)
We expect to continue to grow, develop and expand MultiPOD Mentoring in 2019 and beyond. Please join us and become part of this global inter-generational effort to make our Earth a healthier and better world.