2017 Tailwind Scholarship Recipients
We recognize and congratulate these bright young Muslim students.
Motivated to serve vulnerable populations with medical care
Name Al-Mounawara Yaya
School Caribbean Medical University
Degree Doctor of Medicine
“Growing up in an underdeveloped country, I first hand witnessed the detriments of health care disparity, poor healthcare service or total lack of access to health services. It was the hardships and suffering that I witnessed in my country of origin, Benin, West Africa, that inspired me to pursue a medical degree.
As a fourth-year medical student at Caribbean Medical University and a full-time candidate to the Global Masters in Public Health at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, I have a strong determination and devotion to public health. My ultimate goal is to contribute to amelioration of access to healthcare in under-served and vulnerable populations, mainly in rural areas in the USA as well as in the West Africa region. As a doctor and public health official in training, I value prevention and minimization of tragedy, and believe in the practice of medicine beyond the medical ward. I believe that impacting Global Health starts with one individual and one community at a time.
As part of my Masters training, I am currently completing a practicum with The Fund for Global Health, a non-profit organization working toward maximizing health benefit to vulnerable populations. Other than volunteering at a local hospital in Raleigh, NC for 2 years during my undergraduate, I had the opportunity to work with Curaçao residents through mobile clinics organized by my medical school.
These experiences not only allowed me to delve into community medicine, but also taught me the importance of integrating other disciplines to understand the intricacies of providing healthcare to a community, regardless of the location or socioeconomic status of its residents. I bring my dedication to helping, sense of philanthropy, determination to betterment of healthcare disparity at a global level.
It will be a privilege to contribute to global development and innovation of health services in under-served populations. This scholarship will contribute to funding my dual degree in Medicine and Global Public Health to integrate both of these to better serve vulnerable populations in desperate need of access to affordable and inclusive health services.”