The UC Haiti Initiative @ UC San Francisco is the local chapter of UCHI’s unprecedented system-wide organization. Driven by UC students, faculty, researchers, administrators and supporters, together we continue to organize locally in the ongoing effort to leverage the diverse, passionate talents from across all ten UC campuses into a twinning model with the Université d’état d’Haïti (UEH), or State University of Haiti, to find real solutions to the poverty created and perpetuated by the earthquake that devastated Haiti in January of 2010. In response, this chapter is a call to action that has established a close connection between the student body, faculty and administrators to ensure that Haiti’s rebuilding and long-term goals are met through collaboration in higher education.
UC San Francisco is a health-focused campus with schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing, featuring research from community and public health to cancer and HIV to cutting edge biotechnology, so UCHI @ UC San Francisco is dedicated to harnessing the talent, energy and activism of the entire UCSF community including students, staff and faculty, researchers, and administrators alike to work with our counterparts and the Haitian government on the development of the health sector in Haiti.
We aim to use the tenacity and knowledge of our students and educators from every discipline at UCSF to assist our Haitian counterparts on the projects they identify as priorities in healthcare. We will work side by side, with direction from our partners to build a formidable force able address the dramatic healthcare needs in Haiti. Specifically, this chapter is currently recruiting students, staff, faculty and alumni who would like to be a part of the development efforts of the Haitian healthcare system in the fields of Nursing, Medicine and Pharmacy.
In concert with the other nine UCHI chapters, we collaborate with our Haitian colleagues to realize a shared vision for Haiti’s bright future; a vision in which we develop new ways of working together as global citizens from a university platform; a vision that has poor people and poor communities at its center that addresses the causes and consequences of the post-earthquake conditions that have created and perpetuated severe circumstances for the majority of Haiti’s proud and talented populace. Please join us.
For all inquires/further information, please contact:
Harinder Chahal, UCSF Chapter Director