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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. Over 31,000 young leaders on 2,400+ campuses across 140+ nations applied to join the Class of 2022.  200+ campuses worldwide (just 8%) were selected to host the 3,000+ Millennium Fellows.



St. John’s Medical College | Bangalore, India | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 1


" My passion to learn and experience something new is what drives me to work harder and do better day after day. I've realised that each time I do something, even if it's the very same thing I've done in the past... The thoughts that come to mind and the questions that arise are quite different. It is extremely fascinating to know that everyday is a new opportunity, and that I can learn from my mistakes in the past and strive to be a better me. I personally care about research because at it's core... Is a burning question that demands to be answered. Even as I say this, I realise that the journey is just as important as the destination and I thoroughly enjoy it. Sometimes, it can be tiring and even frustrating but only by overcoming such hurdles is one able to experience life- flaws and all.
This project is one I hold dear, as it's focus is on identifying an issue that most people are not aware of in it's entirety... The hazards of tobacco use in all it's forms. If one is not aware of an issue, how will they ever have a thought cross their mind against the same? My team and I under the guidance of the Community Health Department in St. John's Medical college, Bangalore under the initiative of the UN plan to do the same and reduce the burden of tobacco in the Urban Community.

I would like to be a Millennium Fellow as it would help me broaden my horizons and enhance my skills. It would give me a different perspective towards social health and empathize with the people living in my community. It would help empower them and in turn a butterfly effect... By planting seeds of new ideas that will one day create an artistic venue for new concepts and theories to emerge. This would help me in my future social impact work as it would give me a fair idea of the challenges that I would face as well as the importance of teamwork and cooperation. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Tobacco Control in Urban Community

During my undergraduate days, I have come across many people using tobacco regularly. This vicious substance has not only taken the lives of the people but also left families poverty stricken. In India, both smoke and smokeless forms of tobacco are used. To address this issue, we plan develop and implement various strategies which would reduce the usage of tobacco. The idea is to move away from one size fits all strategy and develop interventions appropriate to the individual/ community. In this project we plan to develop interventions in the form of role plays, songs, talks by health professionals, positive deviance, health education materials like flip charts, banners, posters, stickers, text/audio/visual messages. This multipronged approach would help health professionals choose the appropriate method in the community to reduce the usage of tobacco.

About the Millennium Fellow

Rhea Orathi Patangi, final year medical student studying at St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, India is hardworking, trustworthy and reliable. She is passionate about research and enthusiastic to explore newer areas of medicine. Born in Bangalore, she spent her free time as part of the “Helping hands” group that helps senior citizens and uneducated patients in the hospital. She is a recipient of two university, one intramural undergraduate research grant and has been awarded first place for research paper presentation in the annual conference for undergraduates. Known as a proactive individual amongst her teachers, she takes every project to completion.

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