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VB GIVES BACK: Barbara Bush

August 1, 2018

After a life-changing trip to East and Central Africa, Barbara Bush wanted to find a way to improve global health. While traveling with her parents working on AIDS relief, she witnessed the disparity between healthcare in the US and around the world. Determined to make a difference, she found like-minded peers who were also dedicated to global health issues. In 2009, driven by the belief that health is a human right, five other twenty-somethings and Barbara founded Global Health Corps, a leadership development organization with a mission of building the next generation of leaders who will transform global health systems. Today this international community of fellows and alumni is nearly 1000 strong and operates by the belief that “great ideas don’t change the world, great leaders do.”


What sparked your passion for making a difference in global health?

I was moved to action by witnessing the roadblocks so many people face in obtaining the healthcare they need to lead healthy, fulfilling lives. In 2003, as a 21-year-old architecture major, I was lucky enough to join my parents for the launch of PEPFAR—the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS relief—in five countries in East and Central Africa. I saw crowds of people who had traveled long distances by foot to wait in line for life-saving HIV treatment that had been available in the U.S. for years. I vividly remember standing with my mother next to a tiny precious girl and her mother. The little girl was lying down dressed in her fanciest white and lavender dress. I didn’t know the details of that child’s life, only that she was too sick to stand, and though she looked like she was three, she was probably seven. Her mother dressed her up and brought her to the launch, though she probably didn’t live much longer. People’s lives, like that little girl’s, were limited and cut short, simply because of factors beyond our control – like where and when we are born.

What led you to found Global Health Corps? 

Following that trip, I became obsessed with working on global health issues, and I quickly realized that I was only one of thousands of people in my generation who was eager to solve health issues. In 2009, driven by the belief that health is a human right, five other twenty-somethings and I founded Global Health Corps, a leadership development organization with a mission of building the next generation of leaders who will transform global health systems.

Since then, we have been growing the movement for health equity, with many bumps and victories along the way. Ten years ago, GHC had two staff members, including myself, and 22 inaugural fellows who took a chance on us. Today our team is 20 times that size, and our global community of fellows and alumni is nearly 1000 strong. We have seen that great ideas don’t change the world, great leaders do.

Who can become a Global Health Corps fellow?

Global Health Corps is open to anyone who fiercely believes that health is a human right and is committed to making it a reality for all. We recruit young professionals from all skill sets and backgrounds who have the potential to be the bold, empathetic, resilient leaders the world needs now more than ever. Our fellows are writers, architects, economists, supply chain analysts, IT experts, and more. They have founded organizations, completed other prestigious fellowships, won African Grammies, and given TED talks. They are majority women, mostly people of color, and all age 30 or younger.

How do you match your fellows with their placement organizations? 

Our fellows fill real-time gaps with partner organizations working on the front lines of global health on issues, ranging from malaria and nutrition to maternal health and HIV. Our partners are grassroots community-based organizations like Nyaka AIDS, international nonprofits like Partners In Health, and government agencies in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the U.S. and Zambia.

We competitively recruit two young leaders, between the ages of 21 and 30, to serve with these organizations for a year. In this way, we are seeding the field with new talent and fresh ways of thinking and responding to real-time, demand-driven needs. Our fellows always serve in teams of two—one fellow from the country where they work partnered with an international fellow—making this a truly global group. Throughout the fellowship year, we invest heavily in training, coaching, and mentoring our fellows because we know their year with Global Health Corps is just the launching point for their career as a change-maker.

Can you give us an example of a co-fellow and how they addressed an identified need on the ground? 

Two of those fellows are Jeffrey Misomali from Malawi and Emily Bearse from Hudson, Ohio. Jeffrey and Emily represent the powerful notion that bright and motivated young people can make a profound and immediate impact working in the field of global health, while building skills to become new leaders in the industry. After watching a close family member die of AIDS, Jeffrey knew he wanted to help save other families from knowing the same grief. He attended the University of Malawi, earning his degree in Environmental Science and Technology, and then completed his graduate studies in Water and Environmental Management at the University of Bristol. He put these skills to use addressing water, sanitation, and environmental problems that affect community health. Emily had studied public health and also wanted to put her experience to good use.

Together, Jeffrey and Emily improved and expanded a program in Malawi that enlists HIV-positive mothers to help counsel pregnant women and mothers on the importance of HIV prevention, testing, and treatment. The program also provides HIV-positive pregnant women with the medical treatment they need to give birth to healthy babies. In the district where Jeffrey and Emily worked, one out of every four people lives with HIV. However, during the year these fellows spent in Malawi, 7000 HIV+ mothers were enrolled in their program. This means that 7000 HIV+ mothers brought home 7000 HIV- babies. Today, Jeffrey works at ELMA Philanthropies in Cape Town, South Africa and Emily serves as a Maternal Health Clinical Officer at Partners In Health in Sierra Leone.

What is your hope for the future of Global Health Corps?

I hope and believe that we’ll see a bright future in which this new generation of leaders drives us to a tipping point in global health—solving preventable and treatable illnesses so health is a right, not a luxury. As the GHC community grows, I see our leaders continuing to work together across borders and boundaries to transform systems. It will take humility and resilience, collaboration and innovation, and a lot of hard, unsexy work. But, we are on our way, and we will get there. 


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us size bust waist hip
00, XS 31.5 24 34
0, XS 32.5 25 35
2, XS 33.5 26 36
4, S 34.5 27 37
6, S 35.5 28 38
8, M 36.5 29 39
10, M 38 30.5 40.5
12, L 39.5 32 42
14, L 41 33.5 43.5
16, XL 42.5 35 45
18, 2XL 47 40 50
20, 2XL 49 42 52
22, 3XL 51 44 54
24, 3XL 53 46 56
US SIZE SHOULDERS BUST WAIST HIP
00, XS 14.25 31.5 24 34
0, XS 14.5 32.5 25 35
2, XS 14.75 33.5 26 36
4, S 15 34.5 27 37
6, S 15.25 35.5 28 38
8, M 15.5 36.5 29 39
10, M 15.875 38 30.5 40.5
12, L 16.25 39.5 32 42
14, L 16.625 41 33.5 43.5
16, XL 17 42.5 35 45
18, 2XL 17 47 40 50
20, 2XL 17.5 49 42 52
22, 3XL 18 51 44 54
24, 3XL 18.5 53 46 56
 Jacket Size Dickey Size

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00 - 14

0

00 - 14

2

00 - 14

4

00 - 14

6

00 - 14

8

00 - 14

10

00 - 14

12

00 - 14

14

00 - 14

16

16 - 24

18

16 - 24

20

16 - 24

22

16 - 24

24

16 - 24

us size bust waist hip
00, XS 31.5 24 34
0, XS 32.5 25 35
2, XS 33.5 26 36
4, S 34.5 27 37
6, S 35.5 28 38
8, M 36.5 29 39
10, M 38 30.5 40.5
12, L 39.5 32 42
14, L 41 33.5 43.5
16, XL 42.5 35 45
18, 2XL 47 40 50
20, 2XL 49 42 52
22, 3XL 51 44 54
24, 3XL 53 46 56
us size bust waist hip
00, XS 31.5 24 34
0, XS 32.5 25 35
2, XS 33.5 26 36
4, S 34.5 27 37
6, S 35.5 28 38
8, M 36.5 29 39
10, M 38 30.5 40.5
12, L 39.5 32 42
14, L 41 33.5 43.5
16, XL 42.5 35 45
18, 2XL 47 40 50
20, 2XL 49 42 52
22, 3XL 51 44 54
24, 3XL 53 46 56
us size bust waist hip
00, XXS 31.5 24 34
0, XS 32.5 25 35
2, XS 33.5 26 36
4, S 34.5 27 37
6, S 35.5 28 38
8, M 36.5 29 39
10, M 38 30.5 40.5
12, L 39.5 32 42
14, L 41 33.5 43.5
16, XL 42.5 35 45
18, 2XL 47 40 50
20, 2XL 49 42 52
22, 3XL 51 44 54
24, 3XL 53 46 56
 US SIZE WAIST HIP
23 23 34
24 24 35
25 25 36
26 26 37
27 27 38
28 28 39
29 29 40
30 30.5 41.5
31 32 43
32 33.5 44.5
15 36 46
16 38 48
18 40 50
20 42 52
22 44 52
us size waist hip
00, 24, XS 24 34
0, 25, XS 25 35
2, 26, XS 26 36
4, 27, S 27 37
6, 28, S 28 38
8, 29, M 29 39
10, 30, M 30.5 40.5
12, 31, L 32 42
14, 32, L 33.5 43.5
16, 15, XL 35 45
18, 16, 2XL 40 50
20, 18, 2XL 42 52
22, 20, 3XL 44 54
24, 22, 3XL 46 56
us size waist hip
00, 24, XS 24 34
0, 25, XS 25 35
2, 26, XS 26 36
4, 27, S 27 37
6, 28, S 28 38
8, 29, M 29 39
10, 30, M 30.5 40.5
12, 31, L 32 42
14, 32, L 33.5 43.5
16, 15, XL 35 45
18, 16, 2XL 40 50
20, 18, 2XL 42 52
22, 20, 3XL 44 54
24, 22, 3XL 46 56
 US SIZE EUROPE UK
5 35 3
5.5 35.5 3.5
6 36 4
6.5 36.5 4.5
7 37 5
7.5 37.5 5.5
8 38 6
8.5 38.5 6.5
9 39 7
9.5 39.5 7.5
10 40 8
10.5 40.5 8.5
11 41 9
 US SIZE BUST WAIST HIP TORSO
XS 32-34 24-26 34-36 58.5
S 34-36 26-28 36-38 60
M 36-38.5 28-30.5 38-40.5 61.5
L 38.5-41.5 30.5-33.5 40.5-43.5 63
XL 41.5-43 33.5-35 43.5-45 64.5
2XL 47 40 50 70

Conversion Guide

VB US NUMERIC

VB US/INTL ALPHA

IT

FR

UK/AU

CN

KR

00/24

XXS

34

32

2

150/72A

33

0/25

XS

36

34

4

155/76A

44

2/26

XS

38

36

6

160/80A

44-55

4/27

S

40

38

8

165/84A

55-66

6/28

S

42

40

10

170/88A

66

8/29

M

44

42

12

175/92A

77

10/30

M

46

44

14

175/96A

77

12/31

L

48

46

16

180/100A

88

14/32

L

50

48

18

185/104A

88

16/15

XL

52

50

20

190/108A

99

18/16

2XL

54

52

22

195/112A

-

20/18

2XL

56

54

24

200/116A

-

22/20

3XL

58

56

26

205/120A

-

24/22

3XL

60

58

28

210/124A

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How to measure the body:

Size Guide Diagram

How to measure the body:

  1. Shoulders: measured from shoulder blade to shoulder blade
  2. Bust: circumference measured at the fullest part of the chest
  3. Waist: circumference measured at the smallest part of the waist
  4. Hip: circumference measured at the fullest part of the hips (or 8” down from the waist)
  5. Sleeve length: measured from the center of the back of the neck to the wrist
  6. Inseam: measured from the top of inside the leg to the ankle
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