A Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Health and Disease Control, School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has bagged the inaugural Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Programme (KAGHLP) of the Africa CDC.
Dr. Jackline Mosinya Nyaberi, won the one-year fellowship after a competitive selection process that attracted over 600 applicants that saw 20 fellows picked to participate in the initiative that brings together the African Union Commission (AUC) and Africa CDC which jointly launched the KAGHLP in May 25, 2020 in partnership with Kofi Annan Foundation.
The fellowship, the first under KAGHLP, entails online learning and mentorship in-person learning sessions tenable at the Africa CDC in Ethiopia, and other leading health organizations across Africa.
The fellowship “Seeks to model aspirational African public health leaders (Fellows) in Africa in acquiring advanced skills and competencies needed to strategize, manage and lead public health programmes that will positively transform public health in Africa,” states the AUC Director, Dr. John Nkengasong in a letter to Dr. Nyaberi.
According to AUC, Africa CDC and Kofi Annan Foundation, “The aspiration is for the Kofi Annan Public Health Fellows to contribute to and lead the implementation of a new public health order for Africa, and in turn develop the next generation of public health leaders.”
Dr. Nyaberi is one of the three Kenyans selected for the 2021/22 cohort and the only one flying the flag from academia.
Experienced in public health research and health systems research, capacity building and community oriented actions for improved health outcomes for all populations, Dr. Nyaberi joins Dr. Josea Rono and Ms. Judith Omondi-Anyona, from private sector health organizations and other fellows from Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Egypt, Rwanda, Senegal, Guinea, Zambia, Sudan, and South Africa in the 12-months programme that seeks to develop exceptional thought leaders who will become public health champions in Africa.
Speaking about her proposed leadership challenge project, Dr. Mosinya Nyaberi, said, it focuses on: “The use of Simplified Community-Based approaches to Enhance and Promote Essential Sexual Reproductive Health Services for Women and Girls During and Post COVID- 19 as an engine for Quality of Life and Longevity.”
In her view, if the project challenge is applied in the rural settings of Western Kenya amongst women and girls, “it could be a veritable engine in promoting their health status and quality of life during the current pandemic era and can therefore be championed for all women and girls across Africa.”
According to Dr. Nyaberi, a health systems management specialist and consultant, “This will lead to a reduction of mortalities, morbidities and disabilities and work towards reducing and eliminating the inequalities women and girls continue to suffer from.”
Talking about her fellowship expectations, Dr. Nyaberi exudes confidence, the skills and knowledge gained, will put her in a better position, to deliver on global health programmes, contribute and lead to successful implementation of a new Public Health Order for Africa.
“The fellowship will also accord me a rare opportunity to acquire requisite skills needed to mentor the next generation of heath leaders in Africa,” Dr. Nyaberi, says, adding, she is very grateful for the opportunity and “equally looks forward to being mentored by iconic public health leaders.”