Delegate Spotlight: Phil Reinhart and END7

Delegate Spotlight | END7 Campaign: Phil Reinhart and his Recent Discovery of END7

by Zachary Thomas

“My number one rule is two steps forward, one step back.” says Phil Reinhart, senior at Duke University and member of the END7 campaign.

Before Phil joined the END7 campaign, he had been involved with many other organizations. “My primary focus in the past 5 years has been to provide Rorya, Tanzania access to healthcare for Neglected Tropical Diseases. In working with Village Life Outreach Project (VLOP) and SHED Foundation, we have launched the largest control program in the entire Mara Region of Tanzania testing thousands, educating tens of thousands, and treating almost a total of 10,000 individuals. VLOP and SHEDF have also developed longer-term solutions such as drilled wells, clinics, homebound filters, and latrines. My work also extends to maternal and child health and immigration rights in parts of Latin America through partnership with GlobeMed and The Kenan Institute of Ethics. In the future, I hope to grow the health projects in Rorya, Tanzania and start new projects on education technology.”

Once he joined the END7 campaign, his passion for global development work flourished. “I recently joined the END7 Campaign, which strives to end 7 neglected diseases relinquishing a life-time of suffering for over half a billion children worldwide. I was inspired to combat Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) from the first time I encountered the diseases first hand. I was doing water research in Rorya, Tanzania and I recognized a worm under the microscope, which happened to be a disease that affects 90% of the Rorya District. Schistosomiasis causes a significant level of harm in the body without one’s recollection and can result in a vast number of life altering complications. I could not simply return to school and go forth with my studies without doing something about it. Over the past few years, I have partnered with two NGOs to launch the largest NTD control program in all of the Mara Region, but I could not leave my efforts there. I have joined the END7 Campaign to share my stories and express my determination worldwide. Through my involvement, I hope to give END7 students around the globe power and ideas to push the campaign forward. Primarily, I wish to rethink our marketing campaign possibly involving simple games, such as SPENT for homelessness. Also, I hope not only to advocate to the US government, but also work with East African students to advocate in the East African Community. I will also advocate to businesses capable of developing new technology or medicines targeting NTDs. I am excited for my first year in the END7 Campaign.”

Phil is excited to attend the 7th Annual Millennium Campus Conference and shares his hope for the future after the event has ended. “I am most anxious to share ideas and passions with other students at the conference. Only so often do I get the chance to meet such incredible peers willing to buckle down and chase their dreams. Conferences such as the 7th Annual Millennium Campus Conference are hubs of contacts that generate ideas, build partnerships, and grow ambition. That is what I am looking forward to most. I spend a lot of time in the sector of global health, but in the next few years, I propose a new goal to myself. I want to learn a computer language and travel Africa sharing my skills with students, businesses, and schools. I hope that one day I will be able to help start schools and businesses committed to technology development in Africa and the United States. This is only a dream of mine, but I will do what it takes to make it a reality.”

Phil is just one of the many amazing delegates already registered for the 7th annual Millennium Campus Conference the United Nations from August 11-15th where he, along with others from around the world, will come together to think, connect, and act to challenge the paradigms that perpetuate inequality and to redefine the world around us. Apply at mcc15.org/delegateapplication to join the movement and promote social change!