Manipal University, Maastricht University (The Netherlands) and McMaster University (Canada) are jointly hosting the third International Global Health Symposium, which began here on April 21 and will conclude on May 4.

Addressing presspersons here on Friday, Ramachandra Kamath, Head of the Department of Public Health, Manipal University, said that more than 145 students from the three universities were participating in the symposium on ‘Bridging Different Worlds’.

A two-day conference would be held as part of the symposium here on April 27 and 28 at the Interact Lecture Hall Complex of the university so that the students could share some of the experiences from the field projects they have done so far.

“The students have been working on pilot projects in teams in several public health fields. The projects are designed to provide the students hands-on experience in public health issues in developing countries. Each team includes students from the three universities,” he said. “They will also present their research proposal for their thesis or scholarly paper that they will research and write in the next few months,” Dr. Kamath said.

H. Vinod Bhat, Pro Vice Chancellor of Manipal University, said, “Last year, the students were able to find out that the people of a tribal community in Hebri village were anaemic. That pilot project done during the last symposium later became a major project, and was funded by the State government..”