Matt Glendenning ID Photo 2019

St George’s Global Brigades society was set up by first-year Paramedic Science student, Matt Glendenning, earlier this year and he has been actively fundraising for an upcoming trip to Africa ever since. The society is a branch of Global Brigades, the largest student-led movement for global health.

Below, Matt talks about what motivated him to set up the St George’s branch of Global Bridages, and explains why he and his fellow students are planning to work in Ghana this summer.

Why did you get involved with Global Brigades?

“I have always wanted to pursue a career in global health and international medicine. Before starting university, I promised myself I would found a society here at St George’s, if such a society didn’t already exist.

“I chose Global Brigades for their student-led attitude and their holistic and community-driven approach to sustainable international aid. I liked the fact that the organisation’s model is centred on helping only when help is sought and preserving people’s dignity.”

What will you be doing in Ghana this year?

“The majority of rural Ghanaian communities don't have access to modern healthcare so this summer we will work alongside doctors and nurses in rural medical clinics.

“For eight days, St George’s students will work in the clinics across the Ekumfi district of Ghana, alongside volunteers from Bart’s medical school, and Californian State University. Each clinic has a number of healthcare stations, which together provide a basic but comprehensive range of care.

What does the society hope to achieve by working in Ghanaian healthcare clinics?

“The eventual aim of the Global Bridges programme is to empower communities to escape from poverty. This involves tackling widespread ill-health and its primary causes, namely avoidable water-borne and respiratory diseases caused by poor sanitation, contaminated water sources and polluting indoor stoves.

“For those who are unfortunately too ill to come to the clinics, we will also do home visits and school visits to carry out check-ups.”

The Global Bridges Society's trip to Ghana will take place from 10 August to 17 August. If you would like to donate towards their cause, you can do so here. If you’d like to find out more about the society or even join next year’s brigade, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..