The Global Health Corps (GHC) Chief Executive and Co-Founder Barbara Bush is expected to visit Malawi Thursday January 16 2014 to participate in mid-year Global Health Corps (GHC) fellows’ retreats. “The retreats form a core part of the extensive training and development package that Global Health Corps offers fellows, to equip them to act as change makers in Global Health,” reads a statement from The US Embassy Public Affairs section.
With a Mission of mobilizing a global community of emerging leaders to build the movement for health equity, GHC builds a community of change makers who share a common belief that Health is a human right.
“Global Health Corps pairs intelligent and passionate fellows with organizations that require new thinking and innovative solutions. We provide these young leaders with the tools to remain connected after their fellowship year finishes, deepening their ability to enact change through heightened skills and strong partnerships,” reads a statement on the GHC website.
Barbara, who is daughter of former US President George Bush is anticipated to also highlight the importance of youth leadership in achieving change in global health.
The US Embassy Public Affairs section has also indicated that a reception would be held in Bush’s honour and Malawi Minister of Health Catherine Gotani Hara is expected to be in attendance along with government officials and GHC alumni.
Formed in 2008 with the aim of encouraging youth participation in finding solutions to health issues such as HIV, maternal and child health, GHC has fellows in Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia.
GHC which believes that a global movement of individuals and organizations fighting for improved health outcomes and access to healthcare for the poor is necessary in order to change the unacceptable status quo of extreme inequity, has globally placed 233 fellows while in Malawi the total number is18.
The fellows are selected from recent college graduates and young professionals from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds who are placed in health-oriented non-governmental organizations and government offices in the US, East and Southern Africa for one year.
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