Loma Linda Student Speaks at One Young World Summit
Loma Linda University School of Public Health student Ms. Ajarat Bada had the chance to share her mind with future leaders from more than 120 countries during the One Young World Summit held in London from February 8–10 with the support of figures such as activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former secretary-general of the United Nations Mr. Kofi Annan and Grameen Bank founder Mr. Muhammad Yunus.
Ms. Bada, who is studying global health, spoke about improving health and raising the standard of living around the world in accordance with the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Millennium Development Goals. Among the points she made were:
- “The same health care that’s guaranteed for the president of a country should be guaranteed for the lowest citizen—if we can even define who a lowest citizen is.”
- “If one more kid has to go hungry—one more kid has to die from polio—we’re not doing our best. We can do better.”
- “Yesterday, 16,000 children died from hunger, 3,000 from malaria and 1,000 from HIV/AIDS. Today, 16,000 children will die from hunger, 3,000 from malaria, and 1,000 more from HIV/AIDS. Tomorrow’s numbers are in your hands. What are you going to do?”
Ms. Bada, who is from Nigeria, is a nurse. When she finishes her master of public health degree from Loma Linda University, she hopes to attend medical school. Included in her experience is being one of a select group of volunteers at the inaugural African First Ladies Health Summit, which brought together leading women and dignitaries from numerous African nations on April 20 and 21, 2009, in Los Angeles.
Ms. Bada’s speech at the One Young World Summit was introduced by Dr. Anne M. Johnson, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at University College London, who said of Ms. Bada, “She’s learnt very early how to achieve political influence and the really important role of women leaders in achieving change in health care.”
Ms. Bada’s speech can be viewed online at youtube.com/watch?v=cIIBakaf760.
[Photo caption: Loma Linda University School of Public Health student Ms. Ajarat Bada (right) met Mr. Muhammad Yunus (left), whom she admires as founder of Grameen Bank, at the summit. To fight poverty and improve socioeconomic conditions, the bank lends credit to the rural poor in Bangladesh without requiring collateral.]