Introduction to Newsletter 2014 Issue #01

Introduction to Newsletter 2014 Issue #01

1. Note from the President of the WHO Intern Alumni Association

Welcome to the inaugural instalment of the quarterly newsletter from WHO IAA (WHO Intern Alumni Association), a newly established organisation to represent and advocate for past, current and future WHO interns. We will be sharing news from the WHO intern alumni community, including our experiences, achievements and much more! Several months of experience in Geneva might be short, but that has and will unite us as a global health community across the world.

The WHO IAA was established and is currently led by a group of interns from 2012 and 2013 cohorts: Ashton Barnett-Vanes, Tara Kedia, Kyle Ragins, Jordan Jarvis, Kaleem Hawa, and Cai Long. You can read more about each of us here.

For the past year and a half, the WHO IAA has been working on several projects: building the intern alumni community on our LinkedIn group, formally establishing ourselves as an organisation, and collaborating with the WHO Intern Board and WHO-HQ Administration to develop a scholarship programme to support interns from low- and middle- income countries to intern at WHO. You can read more about the scholarship programme here.

We would always love to hear from you if you would like to get involved in the WHO IAA, and if you have other comments to share. Contact us at We also welcome your active participation in the LinkedIn community.

Tara Kedia, President, WHO IAA


2. Note from the Current WHO-HQ Intern Board President

The community of interns at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland is comprised of individuals from a range of different backgrounds working together towards the higher calling of improving global public health. Whether individuals decide to intern at WHO as part of a larger academic journey or simply to gain insight into the inner workings of such a global organization, there is little doubt that the personal and professional relationships created in Geneva are the real reward for our work.

The Intern Board in Geneva and the WHO IAA are partners in extending the opportunity to intern at the WHO to individuals from low- and middle-income countries through our Intern Scholarship Program. The program aims to raise funds to provide scholarships to individuals who would not otherwise be able to afford the flight to, and living costs in, Geneva. We are working diligently to run a pilot of the scholarship program this year, which will mark the beginning steps in ensuring individuals from under-represented countries have the same opportunity to be a part of the WHO network. We have also recently created a new WHO-HQ Intern website and encourage you to visit us here to learn more about our current activities:

There is real value in maintaining the connections we have made during the brief time we have spent in Geneva. We share a common priority when it comes to addressing some of the biggest public health concerns of our time. I find myself encouraged by the outlook and passion of my fellow interns at the WHO and look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in the future.

Christopher Dittrich, President, WHO Intern Board

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