Globalink Research Intern contributes to international health initiatives
It’s her passion for international development that brought Swapnika Reddy from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur to the University of Waterloo through Mitacs Globalink. Under the guidance of Dr. Sue Horton from the School of Public Health and Health Systems, Swapnika is spending 12 weeks participating in research that will aid in providing novel approaches for funding health and nutrition initiatives in countries such as those in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as India, China, Bangladesh, and Papua New Guinea.
In the last decade, there has been a dramatic increase in innovative financing and delivery strategies to improve the state of health for people living in less-developed countries. However, not all of these efforts have been successful. Swapnika’s research will analyze past strategies for funding and implementing health initiatives in order to determine what strategies have been successful and what have not. Her research will allow for more efficient handling of such crucial funding.
“I was intrigued by the idea to come to Canada through Mitacs Globalink after hearing nothing but great things about Canada and Canadian universities from former Globalink Research Interns., I knew I had to apply when I found Dr. Horton’s research project because it seeks to improve the quality of life for those living in less-developed countries. Mitacs Globalink has provided me with the perfect opportunity to contribute to a field that I have yet to explore. I now plan to pursue my PhD in Development Economics with the hope of doing so at a Canadian university.”
Mitacs would like to thank the following government and international partners, in addition to our full and associate university partners, for their support of Globalink in 2013: Western Economic Diversification Canada, the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, Le Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies, le Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior of Brazil, the China Scholarship Council, the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and the National Autonomous University of Mexico.