Surgeons, doctors, celebrities, and members of the public have supported the GoFundMe page “From Cameroon to Harvard”, helping a Cameroonian doctor and aspiring neurosurgeon to attend a prestigious program in Boston starting June 2019. In under 24 hours, 38 people have already raised over $2,000 out of the total $20,000, launching the campaign.
Ulrick Sidney, recently graduated aspiring neurosurgeon, was a medical student in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He is now Research Associate at the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC), Harvard Medical School, Boston USA.
“Harvard’s PGSSC program will help me grow as a global surgery advocate,” said Ulrick.
“The skills and experiences gained there will be invaluable in making the necessary changes for people to live better lives,” Ulrick continued.
What people are saying about Ulrick Sidney
The PGSSC advocates for universal access to safe, affordable surgery, and anesthesia care when needed. It is currently active in 11 countries through over 50 projects.
People are already liking and sharing Ulrick’s page, congratulating him on his accomplishment and wishing him luck in his endeavors.
On Twitter, Rebecca Enonchong, a Cameroonian techpreneur and Founder/CEO of AppsTech and IO Spaces said:
This young Cameroonian has been accepted into @harvardmed's Global Surgery Research program. Please help support him. We need more qualified surgeons in Africa: https://t.co/DO9anjvqUU https://t.co/aQLNRLHmqj
— Rebecca Enonchong (@africatechie) April 6, 2019
“May your passion for medicine continue to grow without limit. Africa needs more of you,” said Sam Obie, who donated to Ulrick’s page.
Research Associates who are successful in the application process will raise $30,000. This money will help them fund their year in Boston, one of America’s most expensive cities, and obtain their visa.
“Coming from Cameroon and the DRC, I do not have the capability to cover everything financially, despite my family and friends already having done their best to set some money aside,” said Ulrick.
The Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship trains leaders who will further promote surgical care, education, and research pertinent to global surgery, anesthesia, and obstetrics and gynecology care. Members will, therefore, develop academic, research, and administrative skills in global surgery, public health, surgical systems development, and humanitarian aid.
The Fellowship will, therefore, focus on developing a skill set necessary to promote the role of surgery, anesthesia, and obstetrics and gynecology in health systems strengthening and universal health coverage.
The drive behind Ulrick Sidney’s passion for medicine
“My dad took me all over Cameroon and these trips exposed me to the suffering of my fellow countrymen. I moved to DR Congo to study medicine and here, I found out that people were having hard times everywhere,” said Ulrick.
He also added that these experiences motivated his passion for medicine and made him who he is today.
“People should not die because they are poor. They shouldn’t have to stay at the hospital for months because they cannot foot their bills. I decided to do something about it and discovered global surgery.”
What is global surgery? More than 70% of the world lack access to safe, timely, and affordable surgical, obstetric and anesthesia care. This, therefore, accounts for 18 million deaths every year which surgical care could prevent.
“After establishing InciSion DRC in my country, and virtually connecting with thousands of students around the world to advocate for access to safe surgical care for all and bring change locally, I decided to be ambitious and apply for the PGSSC,” Ulrick said.
“I hope you can help me, Cameroon, and DRC, in trying to bring a change in this world and allowing me to attend the Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship for the year 2019-2020,” said Ulrick.