The Poetry of Health

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


An evening of poetry, storytelling and practical reflections on global health with Chris Jenkins, co-founder of Share Uganda and Global Health Researcher at Queen’s University Belfast.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” Globally, we see this inequality in health at its most stark. We live in a world in which where you are born impacts massively on how you can expect to live, and what you can expect in terms of your health.

Hosting this evening for Share Uganda is Chris Jenkins, a global health researcher and activist. He currently works at Queen’s University Belfast on breast cancer research in Vietnam, and formed a global health NGO in 2008 with a group of young people from Northern Ireland.

Share Uganda focuses on empowering Ugandan healthcare workers and community activists to improve health outcomes in Kabira, Uganda. Using a combination of poetry and storytelling, Chris introduces us to some of the people he has met throughout his ten-year career; people affected by malaria in Uganda, breast cancer in Vietnam, and dementia in the United States. ‘Poetry of Health’ discusses a myriad of interconnected and complex health challenges, putting the human experience at the centre of every story, and leaves us with a call to action for how we can all do our bit to remake the world in a fairer and more equal way.

Event kindly supported by Queen’s University Belfast Public Engagement.
Period16 Oct 2019
Event titleThe Poetry of Health: Coalition of Aid and Development Agencies (CADA) One World Festival 2019
Event typeOther
LocationBelfast, United KingdomShow on map


  • poetry
  • global health
  • arts
  • leadership