Welcome to Alma Mata!
Alma Mata is a network of healthcare professionals interested in global health. We provide regular updates on global health news, events, education and careers. We also run our own events including careers fairs, lectures and conferences, showcasing exciting speakers and presenting new opportunities in global heath.
We have over 1000 members across the globe, and since our first international conference and careers days in Leeds (2005) have provided a forum for continuing training and discussion in global health. We aim to facilitate the development of clearer pathways for postgraduate education and careers.
Why ‘Alma Mata’?
There may be one question still lurking in your mind: why Alma Mata? Our name is of course a glorious (or terrible) pun. Alma mater is Latin for the student’s former institution of learning, as befits an alumni organisation. In 1978, at Alma Ata in the former Soviet Union, health advocates and world leaders met under the auspices of the World Health Organisation to work towards ‘health for all’ by the year 2000. They came up with the Alma Ata declaration, which advocated for strong primary and preventive health services across the world. This was a historical moment, the first time in which the international community came together with a common goal to improve world health. We felt this name suited well the needs of a graduates network committed to global health.
How do I get involved?
The best way to support Alma Mata is by joining as a member which is absolutely free. We are a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers and we are always looking for people to get involved. We always welcome practical support from members, particularly contributions to our news pages, the newsletter and events listings. Visit our contact page to send us a message, or drop us an email.