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

December 19, 2017 | Belinda Ngongo, MPH, 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 from multilateral […]


Featured Image What can we learn about non-communicable diseases in Brazil?

On October 25th, 2017, at the Legislative Assembly of São Paulo State, Global Health Leaders, a program of the Public Health Institute, hosted the launch of the Forum on Intersectoral Efforts to Fight Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Brazil in partnership with Medtronic Foundation. Participants of the forum included representatives from the Brazilian Ministry of Health (MoH), São Paulo Municipal Health Secretary, the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) focused on combating NCDs. […]


Featured Image Diabetes: New Technologies and Drugs, and Effectiveness of Community Health Workers – Highlights from the 77th ADA Scientific Sessions

August 24, 2017 | Mark Barone, PhD, Medtronic Philanthropy Associate in PHI’s Global Health Leaders corporate global health fellowship program The American Diabetes Association (ADA) annual conference is a well-recognized showcase for peer reviewed discoveries in the field. This year’s 77th Scientific Sessions in San Diego was no different. Among the novelties presented at this year’s conference, […]


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 GHL Website Wins Two Web Awards

The Global Health Leaders website has won two design awards. Horizon Interactive Award Winning for Advocacy / Non-Profit websites, Global Health Leaders received this award in April 2017. Mike Sauce, Founder of the Horizon Interactive Awards said “the 2016 competition represents an outstanding execution of industry trends in terms of strategic online solutions and integrated campaigns through multiple […]


Featured Image Updates from Our Fellows | Belinda Ngongo

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 Public Health Institute: a fertile ground of ideas, resources, and support to fellows

Visiting the Public Health Institute (PHI)’s office in Oakland is undoubtedly an enriching experience. I had the opportunity to visit twice – once in September 2016 and again in January 2017 – and meet with Program Coordinators and Principal Investigators of different areas to exchange meaningful information and acquire practical advice that will be key to the success of Medtronic Foundation’s programs in Brazil. Before exploring the meeting content and introducing the interlocutors from my visits, it is important to have a general overview of the two main Medtronic Foundation programs being implemented in Brazil […]


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 […]


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