Global Health Leaders welcomed three of our fellows to PHI on July 24th. While visiting the PHI Headquarters in Oakland, Nayanjeet Chaudhury, Belinda Ngongo, and Mark Barone hosted a Brown Bag Presentation on their capstone Public-Private Competency Building (PPCB) projects in their home countries.
Nayanjeet spoke first on his work to understand the barriers to improvement in child nutrition health outcomes. The Adolescent Nutrition Initiative is currently working on developing technology to address this issue and will soon publish a literature review on the connection between adolescent health and future implications for chronic disease development. Next, Belinda highlighted her recently launched PPCB initiative Pan African Women in Health (PAWH), which aims to build the capacity and competencies of African women in global health through impact networking and mentorship. She inspired her audience with PAWH’s three-pronged mission, which is to “Hear Her, Mentor Her, and Partner For Her” – PAWH will ultimately advance the skills of underrepresented women and create opportunities for them to elevate their voices in the field. Finally, Mark spoke to his success with hosting the first and second meetings of the Intersectoral Forum to Fight NCDs in Brazil as part of his capstone project. The Forum meetings provide opportunities for key leadership across sectors to interact, share experiences, overcome barriers, and co-design and co-implement solutions to address NCDs in the country.
All three fellows have been instrumental in pioneering partnerships between the public and private sectors in their countries, and their PPCB projects are a testament to that. We are excited to see and support all of their work moving forward, and hope they join us again at PHI soon!
(Photos courtesy of PHI Communications)