Can Medicine and International Development Save Each Other? | Sauliha Alli | TEDxUTSC

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Can Medicine and International Development Save Each Other? | Sauliha Alli | TEDxUTSC

This talk will answer the question of why medicine and international development, despite having similar pursuits, are met with disproportionate levels of public criticism. She will draw on her international experience in Ghana, epistemology, and research to make comparisons regarding the goals, professional standards, and self-consciousness of each discipline, ultimately providing insight on how the two fields of study can learn from each other. Sauliha’s talk embodies the importance of self-reflection in an interdisciplinary mirror, serving this year’s theme of “Vision 2020”. Sauliha is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto Scarborough in Neuroscience and Psychology. As a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholar, she gained exposure to the field of international development through a three-month internship in Ghana. While abroad, she unexpectedly met some young women who shared a common narrative in their village: life on less than two US dollars a day, unemployment, teenage pregnancy and single motherhood. Moved by their story, she organized the first educational seminar on reproductive health in the village and started an international NGO that continues to serve this community. Outside of her volunteer work, Sauliha also conducts research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and has authored several peer-reviewed publications in the field of psychiatry. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx