Thirteen volunteers from across the United Kingdom travelled to Bangladesh this summer to provide health camps to underserved parts of rural Bangladesh.

The volunteers worked with local partner organisations in helping to provide free healthcare to over 1000 rural inhabitants through Selfless’ camps. In-country community health professionals supported and supervised the trip. Campsites were situated in areas of need within the Sylhet Division, Bangladesh.

The Selfless team visited local healthcare providers and medical institutions and spent time with local villagers to understand the social barriers to accessing healthcare.

Team Leader Jahangir Alom, a medical student from Southampton Medical School, said:

“Elective Aid empowered me to become a global health leader. I had the privilege to work hand in hand with dedicated local doctors. The project opened my eyes to things like sustainability and distribution of resources.

 As an aspiring leader I wanted to share my progress and feelings of anxiety and joy with others. I shared my experience with Snapchat Spectacles, a world-first as far as I am aware, and I hope inspiring many others to consider volunteering abroad.”

John-Paul Preston, Chairman at Selfless, said:

“Selfless’ global health volunteering programme focuses on three key areas: improving access, leadership development and collaboration. Selfless continues to develop innovative solutions to pressing healthcare problems, particularly by facilitating access to high quality healthcare and these rural camps are integral to those efforts. We aim to inspire the next generation of global health leaders, and to keep the focus on impact. Where impact is concerned, collaboration is so important; working with local partners and government to ensure our efforts seamlessly fit into the wider healthcare mission.”

Selfless’ Elective Aid programme increases access to healthcare and empowers students and volunteers through their global health leadership programme. Selfless deploys volunteer teams to support the work of local healthcare organisations and provides financial, medical, and human resources to community based health projects.

UK students can register their interest for Selfless’ Elective Aid 2018 trip here

Picture: (Left to Right, Rear): Akmam Chowdhury, Sami Obeda, Sarah Long, Sofia Miah, Tolu Majekodunmi, Sam Slattery, Gemma Self (Left to Right, Middle): Sulagna Roy, Bianca Chua, Aniqah Rahman, Sofia Miah, Nabila Ahmed, Markos Prindezis, Mahin Ahmed (Centre): Jahangir Alom


Notes to Editors:

  1. Elective Aid is Selfless’ global health leadership programme designed primarily for UK medical students. Elective Aid works with local doctors, and healthcare delivery partners, to reach rural underserved communities and provide free healthcare. The programme was established in 2009 and has previously been supported by the Department for International Development.
  2. Selfless is a social enterprise, led by young people, with a mission to create effective, innovative, and sustainable solutions to our most pressing challenges in healthcare.
  3. Selfless is a registered charity in England & Wales (1147463). For more information please contact or call 0203 372 6278.

Young people making a difference to those without access to healthcare

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