Established in 2017 in memory of Freda M. Omaswa, MDCM 2008 by her classmates, family, friends and colleagues. Freda was an inspirational human with an exceptional warmth and sincerity that drove her to always put the needs of others ahead of her own. Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine upon the recommendation of the Director of Global Health Programs to provide support to one or more MDCM students pursuing local or remotely conducted global health research projects. Preference will be given to projects focusing on Uganda.
The Dr. Freda Omaswa Travel award was established to honour and perpetuate the legacy of Dr Freda M. Omaswa, who graduated from McGill Med in 2008.
Freda was an accomplished and highly talented scientist, physician and infectious disease specialist. Her vision was the attainment of empowered healthy populations in Uganda, Africa and the world. She succumbed to metastatic colon cancer in 2016, at the age of 33 years.
Even after being diagnosed with terminal cancer and undergoing chemotherapy, Freda remained active in her research, which involved a partnership between the National Institute of Health in the U.S. and UBC. She was working on a malaria vaccine project.
Freda lived her live with humility and humor, and these characteristics will serve a worthy recipient well.
There may also be opportunity to link with the Freda Omaswa Ssemeganda Health and Education group in Uganda for those who are interested. You may check out their link at: foshefoundation.org.
Established in 2017 by Sherry Luger, MDCM 1983 and Michael Mikelberg, to provide support for Health Sciences students who are pursuing local or remotely conducted global health research projects focusing on under-resourced areas in the world, or underserved populations in Canada. Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine upon recommendation of the Director of Global Health Programs. Preference will be given to students with research projects focusing on Africa and Rwanda.
Established in 2010 by Medicine Class of 1984 to commemorate their 25th reunion, the award(s) will help support one or more medical students pursuing local or remotely conducted global health research projects. Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine upon the recommendation of the Director of the Global Health Program.
Established in May 2000 by the Class of Medicine 1965 in appreciation of the education they received at McGill. Funds will be used to allow medical students to pursue local or remotely conducted global health research projects.