Planetary Health Alliance

Jul 27, 2018

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A Travel Scholar Reflection by Dr. Flowra

Dr. Mahfuza Talukder Flowra is a WHO-TDR Fellow and a MPH Student at the University of Gadjah Mada

The opportunity to attend the 2nd Planetary Health Annual Meeting in Edinburgh is a great turn in my career. As an early career female researcher from global south and a master’s student in implementation research, I see it as an enormous gateway to reach the global community of my topic of interest. I have learned a lot to observe the health issue in different perspective of the ecological factors e.g. salinity, waste disposal, land use, air pollution, biodiversity with their effect on public health. After attending this event, I have decided to build up my future career to find the gaps and barriers in the implementation of climate change mitigation strategy and their role on tropical diseases.

I was so much excited with the mentorship lunch and it will be a lifetime memory for me to meet my mentor, Prof. Ann Kurth, Dean and Linda Koch Lorimer Professor, Yale University School of Nursing. The meeting with global leaders is a great achievement for me. When I attended the membership meeting, I got introduced with the masterminds behind this emerging concept.

The stunning beauty of Edinburgh and feeling to be introduced with lots of friends from many countries can’t be expressed. We shared our views, explored the city together and promised to work in a team.

Image: With my mentor, Prof. Ann Kurth and travel scholar Kevin Ardon

Last of all, I enjoyed a lot and so grateful to the Planetary Health Alliance and all partners and sponsors for giving me the opportunity as an emerging scholar. Now, it’s the time for action from us. I will start a student chapter of planetary health in my university (University Gajdha Mada, Indonesia) and arrange a seminar or dissemination talk on my participation and the concept of Planetary Health with the fellows and faculties.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Planetary Health Alliance or its members.