GCU health students to make a difference in Bangladesh

29 August 2014

GCU health students to make a difference in Bangladesh

The students will share their clinical skills and learn from practitioners in hospitals and clinics in Bangladesh

Students from Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) School of Health and Life Sciences will travel to Bangladesh to work at the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing (GCCN) and the country’s clinics and hospitals.

The ten students will visit the country from September 1 to 20 to share their clinical skills and learn from practitioners in hospitals and clinics. They will be joined by GCU staff members Jennie Jackson and Linda Brady.

Jennie Jackson, Senior Lecturer in Dietetics, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students. They are all studying subjects related to healthcare and many of them have already completed placements in Scottish hospitals and community settings. This trip will allow them to experience the healthcare system in a country with very different needs and resources.”

Twenty-four year-old optometry student Maria McElory said: “The trip to Bangladesh will allow me to widen my horizons and I hope to bring home life-changing experiences.

“Visiting a developing country will make me realise how fortunate I am to have to access to life’s necessities that I normally take for granted, such as clean water, shelter, food and medical care.”

Lorna Ronald, who studies Child Nursing, is also looking forward to the trip. She said: “This volunteering trip is the perfect way to end my paediatric nursing degree.

“Although I feel a little nervous, I know the trip will provide me with lots of invaluable experiences that will benefit me in my nursing career.”

As well as experiencing working life in Bangladesh, the students will immerse themselves in the country’s culture. They plan to perfrom Scottish dances to the Bangladeshi students, who will in turn give them a Bangla dancing lesson. The students will also spend a day touring the capital Dhaka and visit Sylhet and Srimongol in the country’s Maulvibazar district.

GCCN is a collaborative project between GCU and the Grameen Healthcare Trust. It was set up in 2010 to give young women from the country’s poorest communities access to international-level education and training. In June, four students from Bangladesh graduated from GCU with a BSc in Professional Studies in Nursing. They joined the University last year after graduating from GCCN.