Thirty-three students in the Taylor’s University Pharmaceutical Students Society (TUPSS) had recently organised a health campaign with focus on women’s health. This health campaign provided free health screenings to the campus community and the general public. The campaign is conducted every year to increase awareness and understanding, and to educate people on basic health practices. Services such as tests for blood pressure, blood glucose levels, bone density and health consultation were available during the campaign which was attended by about 300 people.
A participant checking his bone health during the public health campaign at Taylor’s University which was organised by students from the School of Pharmacy
Leading the campaign this year was Chin Ling Yuan, a first year student in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) programme at the School of Pharmacy, who said, “A public health campaign serves as a platform to all health sciences students to apply what they have acquired academically and also help to promote public awareness on certain health issues.”
A participant testing her blood glucose levels during the public health campaign at Taylor’s University which was organised by students from the School of Pharmacy
“For the first year students, it was a really new experience for us and it gave a tremendous insight on how an actual public health campaign is held. When the event drew to a close, it was greatly rewarding to learn how many people benefitted from this event,” she continued.
Joining the students’ efforts were Bayer, Blackmores and the Ministry of Health who carried out health awareness talks and workshops related to women’s health. Concurrently, the students ran a blood donation drive which received a positive response, with 76 donors.
An enthusiastic volunteer donating blood at the public health campaign held at Taylor’s University, organised by students from the School of Pharmacy, to raise health awareness to the community
“The whole day was a memorable one, as it is my first time organising an event at this scale,” recalled Ling Yuan. “It has given us a better insight on the benefits of awareness and has helped us improve our soft skills in meeting and conversing with new people. I believe this is valuable in shaping us, as future pharmacists, as a holistic healthcare professional.”
A group photo of the organising team, the Taylor’s University Pharmaceutical Student Society (TUPSS), at the end of their successful public health campaign held at the Lakeside Campus