Global Health Challenges

Make a difference by taking up a challenge and fundraise for the College!

Our International Strategy recognises the important role that pathology and laboratory medicine plays in strengthening the health systems of low and middle-income countries.   In 2015, the College established its Global Health Challenge Events Scheme to encourage its members and supporters to take on a worthy physical challenge whilst raising much-needed funds for the College’s global health capacity-building initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa and parts of Europe and the Americas.In November 2015 the International Department established the Global Health Challenge scheme; a programme of challenge events aimed at raising unrestricted funds to support the delivery of some of the College’s international global health activities in low and middle-income countries. 

Since the pilot was launched, 15 challengers have taken on a challenge and fundraised over £18,000 for the College's global health projects. Funds raised in 2016 & 2017 will be used to support Mubende Regional Referral Hospital in Uganda to establish a regional blood donation and transfusion service. The later part of 2017 will  begin a contribution to the improvement of pathology services in Nepal. The hospital services a population of more than 2 million but there is no blood donation and transfusion service for the region. The Mubende Regional Referral Hospital in Uganda experiences a marked increase in the maternal mortality rate in the summertime due to a lack of available blood for transfusion during child birth. Click here to read more about this project and how the funds you raise will make a difference to mothers in Uganda. 

Overseas challenges are a great way to raise money whilst giving you the experience of a lifetime. In addition to raising funds for our international activities, these challenges provide a unique opportunity for you to network with other College members, and challenge yourself physically and mentally in an exciting part of the world!

If you are interested in any of our challenges, or would like further information please contact the International department. We hope you can join us in raising funds to support the delivery of our international global health activities. 

New challenges available in 2018


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