When I think about A2M Week in Berlin, quite a lot comes to my mind:
- a lot of work
- team spirit
- new experiences
- and more then anything else, a chance to spread the message!
We started half a year ago to brainstorm what we were going to do and soon afterwards the loose collection of ideas became reality. Who could have thought that initial ideas such as an awareness run could really going to be put into action?! We managed to fill four evenings with inspiring speeches and discussions. And in the end, who could have known we would have hundreds of photos showing that Berlin cares about the injustice of access to medicines?
Our A2M Week included the following:
We started with our awareness run on the 2nd of November with great weather and over 250 participants and over 400 visitors.
Then the actual week started with a full-blown program including speeches from MSF, the Medi Büro and representatives from the pharmaceutical industry in panel discussions. Not only students could be spotted in the audience but people interested in Global Health from all over Germany attended these events and took part in our informal discussions with coffee and cake afterwards.
It's true that while spending so much time doing all of this we lost track on contemporary topics. However, it was more than overdue to get more public attention upon one of our main concerns. And the subsequent meeting already showed what a great impact it had on the recruitment of new members. This is what we desperately need all over Europe: stronger chapters so we can do more, a higher awareness level so more people can support us when needed and better cohesiveness within and between the chapters Europe-wide. Only if we all work and coordinate our actions together we will have the chance to change something in the future!
- Nadja Kutsche (UAEM Berlin)