Student Video Competition on Social Accountability

Mohammed Alsadiq from Sudan - University of Gezira

Judges: Charles Boelen
Robert Woollard
Monica Barolits-McCabe
Douglas Bachman
Andre-Jacques Neusy & Björg Palsdottir (co-founders of THEnet)
Henry Campos & Elsie Kiguli (Secretary General and Vice Secretary General of The Network: TUFH)

Social accountability in health professional education

The obligation of schools to align their programs to address populations needs and defining those needs in collaboration with other stakeholders, including the most underserved communities.

Today, evidence is emerging that social accountability in health professional education is improving the availability, distribution and positive impact of health professionals, particularly where the health needs are the greatest. Social accountability strategies include: admission of students who reflect the communities and regions that the school serves with a particular focus on underserved populations and those deemed most likely to be willing to serve those populations and regions; training in primary care setting and underserved regions; curricula aligned with population needs including a focus on social determinants of health and close collaboration with communities and other stakeholders. Social accountability is therefore increasingly being recognized as an important means to support Universal Health Coverage.

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While social accountability is recognized as important it looks different in different context and people often have different ideas of what it is.

The Training for Health Equity Network (THEnet) and The Network: Towards Unity For Health (TUFH) are delighted to launch a student video competition on “Social Accountability in Health Workforce Education in Action.”

This award will recognize videos made by students in the health professions that best illustrate what social accountability in health workforce education looks like in different schools, regions and cultures.

We want you to show us examples of social accountability that you think are important. Show us what it looks like in your context and culture and how it improves the equity, quality and relevance of education. You can also show examples of situations where schools could improve their social accountability and how they could do more to better meet the needs of the populations they serve.


The competition is open to all students worldwide preparing to become a part of the health workforce, who are still in basic training and have not graduated yet. No previous knowledge or experience in socially accountable health workforce education is necessary only interest and passion for the topic.

If you are interested to participate in student activities relevant to global health and social accountability you can become a member of the Student Network Organization (SNO). To become a member is easy and cheap.

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Following assessment of the video entries, the best five videos will be featured in the newsletter of The Network: TUFH, with an interview with the producers and will be highlighted on THEnet website.

Winner: The winning candidate will be awarded economy flight travel funds up to a maximum of USD$1.500 and free registration for the 40th anniversary international conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health. The TUFH 2019 Conference will be held in Darwin, Australia and will focus on "Social Accountability: from Evidence to Action".

The winning candidate will automatically be accepted to present a poster on the topic of the video at the TUFH 2019, International Conference."

The best 30 videos will be shown at the TUFH2019 Conference.


Simone Ross — Program Manager, THEnet.

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