YALI Global Health Tuesdays: Forging New Solutions for Health

July 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Health Sciences Learning Center, Room 1309
750 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53705
Global Health Institute

Nine of the 25 Mandela Washington Fellows at UW-Madison this summer are deeply involved in ensuring health for their countries and communities. Physicians, nurses, community outreach workers and an occupational therapist, they will share their passion to provide health for all, and the innovative ways they are reaching their goals, in a series of three YALI Global Health Seminars.

This week’s topic: Forging New Solutions for Health.

  • “Paving the Road to Health Equity” with Rose Mary Nakame, NGO-founder, Uganda. Nakame will discuss successful bottom-up approaches utilized by her organization in addressing  the challenges to achieving health equity among the impoverished settings in Uganda. Nakame battled a benign brain tumor at an early age, yet her parents were from a low socio-economic background, which meant poor access to better diagnostic health care. In addition, she felt less important to her community, which tends to value boys more than girls. Her story is like many females who make up half of Uganda’s population and 67 percent of Ugandans living in poverty. Her experience inspired her to work towards increasing access to quality health care, undertaking health related courses and later on, founding REMI East Africa in November 2015. As an executive director of REMI East Africa, she has influenced public health policy and financing through strategic memberships. For example, she lobbied with the Maternal-Child Health Coalition for increment in 2017/2018 National health financing from 1.5 to 1.8 billion Ugandan shillings through the Parliamentary Health Subcommittee.
  •  “The Journey to Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria” with Francis Ayomoh. M.D., Nigeria. Ayomoh has worked for more than five years in clinical practice, as a resident doctor in Internal Medicine with an interest in infectious diseases. He has worked closely with patients with diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Lassa fever, cholera and meningitis. However, his experiences in curative medicine motivated him to switch to preventive medicine, as he realized that it was cheaper and better to prevent diseases than to cure them. Having worked as a clinician for a few years, he now understands the inadequacies within the Nigerian hospital environment and resolves to make things better. He currently works in the Federal Ministry of Health where he formulates and implements policies to improve primary healthcare in Nigeria, making hospitals more efficient and reducing the prevalence of diseases by creating nationwide awareness about hygiene and healthy lifestyle choices.
  • “Surgery and Security in Africa” with Odry Fifonsi Agbessi, M.D., Benin. Agbessi is the first plastic surgeon in her country, where she is in charge of burned patients, patients with physical disabilities, and others with deformities or injuries at a national teaching hospital. She chose this specialty after seeing a media report of a young girl with burns on both her face and neck who needed to go to Europe for care because there were no specialists in Benin. Since that moment, Odry has vowed to work hard in order to offer such specialization in her country, as she is convinced that it is critical to Benin’s development.