Countries Where We Work

Global Health Leaders currently works in these countries, though we're expanding our reach soon.

See:  Brazil | India | South Africa


BrazilBrazil

In 2014, the World Health Organization reported that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are estimated to account for 74% of over 1.3 million deaths. Five out of ten of the leading causes of death are chronic: ischemic heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertensive heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and trachea/bronchus/lung cancers.

Global Health Leaders has placed a Medtronic Foundation Associate in Sao Paulo to work toward addressing these issues. The associate’s role is to provide on-the-ground technical insight, alignment, and representation for Medtronic Foundation’s portfolio of work in Brazil addressing chronic and acute NCDs. The associate contributes strategic guidance including developing guidelines to be used in assessing applicants to philanthropic grants in-country.

Examples of work include the following:

  • Provide technical assistance to HealthRise Brazil, which supports community-based demonstration projects designed to expand access to the care and management of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
  • Manage country level opportunities to ensure scale and sustainability of Medtronic Foundation portfolio in Brazil.
  • Elevate patient voices and build a patient advocacy strategy.
  • Represent Medtronic Foundation’s efforts on country advisory committees, national and regional meetings and dialogues, and international conferences.
  • Explore and analyze gaps in professional competencies in Brazil related to public-private partnerships implementing community health work.

indiaIndia

In 2015, the World Health Organization reported that every year approximately 5.8 million Indians die from heart and lung diseases, stroke, cancer and diabetes. Overall, 1 in 4 Indians risks dying from a non-communicable disease (NCD) before the age of 70.

Global Health Leaders has placed a Medtronic Foundation Associate in New Delhi to work toward addressing these issues. The associate’s role is to provide on-the-ground technical insight, alignment, and representation for Medtronic Foundation’s portfolio of work in India addressing chronic and acute NCDs. The associate contributes strategic guidance including developing guidelines to be used in assessing applicants to philanthropic grants in-country.

Examples of work include the following:

  • Provide technical assistance to HeartRescue India, a five-year collaboration to support community-based projects to reduce death due to acute cardiovascular events.
  • Provide technical assistance to HealthRise India, which supports community-based demonstration projects designed to expand access to the care and management of diabetes.
  • Advise Medtronic Foundation’s efforts on development of programmatic monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
  • Represent Medtronic Foundation’s efforts on country advisory committees, national and regional meetings and dialogues, and international conferences.
  • Explore and analyze gaps in professional competencies in India related to public-private partnerships implementing community health work.

south-africaSouth Africa

In 2014, the World Health Organization reported that non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes, are estimated to account for 43 percent of total deaths in South Africa. The probability of dying between the ages of 30 and 70 from those four main NCDs is 27 percent.

Global Health Leaders has placed a Medtronic Foundation Associate in Johannesburg to work toward addressing these issues. The associate’s role is to provide on-the-ground technical insight, alignment, strategic guidance, and representation as needed for chronic acute and neglected disease programs in the field of NCDs and chronic diseases for Medtronic Foundation’s portfolio in South Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa more broadly.

Examples of work include the following:

  • Provide technical assistance to HealthRise South Africa, which supports community-based demonstration projects designed to expand access to the care and management of diabetes.
  • Contribute to the development of Medtronic’s sub-Saharan philanthropy strategy in alignment to the global philanthropic strategy.
  • Assist in development of sub-Saharan Africa dashboard for assessing progress of Medtronic Foundation’s programs.
  • Explore and analyze gaps in professional competencies in South Africa related to public-private partnerships implementing community health work.
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