Ghana & University of Cape Town, 2021
Bettina Buabeng-Baidoo is currently a final-year medical student at the University of Pretoria. She believes that one of the most important rights enshrined in our constitution is the right to an effective, equal and dignified healthcare system. To this end, she will be undertaking a Masters in Public Health at the University of Cape Town.
Bettina stands by the principle that leadership is an act of complete service and has always advocated for the experiences of marginalised groups in decision-making. She has held several leadership portfolios including as Head Coach of the South African National Schools Debating team, Vice-Chairperson of the University of Pretoria Debating Union, councilor of the Junior City Council of Pretoria and Headgirl of Willowridge High School.
Bettina believes that the presence of marginalised groups in spaces of high achievement is a form of protest and by itself a catalyst for change. She has achieved various academic and cultural accolades including numerous UP academic bursaries and her selection as a Medical Tutor. Notably she was a member of the first all-female team of colour to win the South African National University Debating Competition. Through her work with the SA debating board, she is able to use debating as a mechanism to inspire a love for knowledge, critical thinking and social advocacy amongst the youth.
Bettina believes that our duty on this earth is to use the knowledge, talents and opportunities we are blessed with to alleviate the suffering of others. She is dedicated to life-long learning and the acquisition of skills necessary to play her role in transforming healthcare systems in Africa.