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Featured Image #PAWHConference2019: Uniting inspirational and aspirational women in health

On March 29, 2019, Pan African Women in Health (PAWH) hosted a day-long conference in South Africa, in addition to officially launching the PAWH mentorship platform. PAWH is a Public-Private Competency Building initiative […]


Featured Image Pan-African Women in Health (PAWH): Helping Women to Grow and Thrive

As a major effort to support African women working in the health sector, the Pan-African Women in Health (PAWH) working group convened for its first in-person dialogue meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa on March 2, 2018. PAWH is led by the Public Health Institute’s Global Health Leaders (GHL) Fellow Belinda Ngongo as part of her […]


Featured Image Transforming Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for Health in Africa

The following article was written by Belinda Ngongo, a Medtronic Foundation Associate in PHI's Global Health Leaders Fellowship Program. In November, I attended the Africa Health Business Symposium (AHBS) conference in Dakar, Senegal. Participants at this gathering included representatives from the private, public, Ministry of Health (MOH), and non-governmental organization (NGO) sectors, as well as representatives […]


Featured Image Why Investments in Frontline Health Workers Matter: Preventing needless deaths through trusted healthcare relationships

It all started when I nursed a young female university student with Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD). As a teen she had received a mechanical valve replacement requiring her to take an anticoagulant daily, which she did without fail. During her third year, she became pregnant and stopped taking her anticoagulant medication without medical consultation, thinking she was looking out for the best interest of her baby. Several days later, she lost her baby and I saw her passing away on her graduation day, suffering from valve thrombosis, a condition which could have easily been prevented if she hadn’t defaulted her medication. […]


Featured Image PHI’s Global Health Leaders to participate in 70th World Health Assembly

Next week from May 22-31, 2017 at the 70th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Global Health Leaders (GHL) will join global health professionals across the public, private, and non-profit sectors for discussions on World Health Organization policies related to non-communicable diseases (NCDs). GHL’s partner, Medtronic Foundation, is sponsoring the International Diabetes Federation side event at the […]


Featured Image Belinda Ngongo visits HealthRise sites in Brazil

Last month, Global Health Leaders Fellow from South Africa, Belinda Ngongo, traveled to Brazil to learn about Medtronic Foundation’s NCD efforts. She teamed up with fellow Global Health Leaders Fellow from Brazil, Dr. Mark Barone. After visiting the Medtronic office in Sao Paulo, the team traveled to the state of Minas Gerais for site visits with HealthRise project partners. […]


Featured Image Global Health Leaders from India and South Africa Visit Bay Area for Professional Development

The Public Health Institute recently welcomed Belinda Ngongo, MPH, and Nayanjeet Chaudhury, MD, MPH—associates in our new Global Health Leaders corporate fellowship program—to PHI’s headquarters in Oakland. Global Health Leaders is a visionary new public-private initiative, modeled after our Global Health Fellows Program II, which designs, builds and staffs corporate fellowship programs focused on improving health outcomes around the world. Through its first […]


Featured Image PHI and GHFP II Welcomes Global Health Leaders from South Africa and India to Washington, DC

Last month, the Public Health Institute welcomed Belinda Ngongo (South Africa) and Nayanjeet Chaudhury (India)—fellows in PHI’s new Global Health Leaders corporate fellowship program (modeled after GHFP II)—to our Washington, DC office. During a lunch presentation on Friday, February 26th both fellows shared their backgrounds and experiences as fellows, an overview of their work addressing non-communicable diseases through public […]


Featured Image Introducing the New Medtronic Foundation Global Health Leaders

PHI is pleased to announce the launch of the Medtronic Philanthropy Global Health Leaders, a new five-year fellowship program in collaboration with Medtronic Philanthropy. Medtronic Philanthropy Global Health Leaders, called Associates, are currently being recruited from within India, South Africa, Brazil, Switzerland and the United States. The goal of the fellowship program is two-fold: the Associates […]


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