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Madison, WI 53705
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: Improving Access to Care.
- “Perspectives of Social Work in Integrated Health Care” with Patrick Male Kabwe, Community Outreach Coordinator, Zambia. Kabwe holds a Bachelor’s degree in Adult Education. He has two years’ experience in community outreach, which included coordinating activities for the early infant male circumcision program. In a second position as the community outreach coordinator for the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia, he was also involved in the creating awareness about the need to have early-infant males circumcised, reducing their risk of contracting HIV. In his current position, as a medical social worker at Kasama General Hospital, his role involves coordinating social welfare services in order to facilitate recovery and rehabilitation.
- “The Health of Vulnerable Marginalized and Oppressed Iindividuals and Collectives within the Tanzanian Context” with Bertha Kanuth Mbuya, Occupational Therapist, Tanzania. Mbuya is an occupational therapist who works in various settings, including schools, refugee camps, and special needs schools to empower and advocate for human rights for the vulnerable and most marginalized individuals to engage fully in society for their health and well-being. She chose this profession because it inspired her to help individuals live meaningful lives. Her own experience with family members with disabilities drove her to study a profession that challenges power relationships, structure inequalities and entrenched mindsets that facilitate occupational injustices for the most marginalized individuals in her society and Africa in general. Her goal is to enhance equality, promote human rights, and facilitate equal participation.
- “Strategies and Challenges to Reduce Maternal and Perinatal Mortality in Ethiopia” with Bemnet Zegeve Ashenafi, M.D., Ethiopia. Eleven years ago, Bemnet’s grandmother died, although she could have been saved if she had reached a hospital sooner. Since then, Bemnet has had a burning desire to save lives. After six years of hard work, she was qualified to be a doctor. She has worked in different hospitals in Addis Ababa as well as in rural areas as an intern. It was during her internship in Nedjo Hospital that she started to realize her potential and how she was needed in the rural community. Currently, she works as a head of in-patient department and actively participates in raising awareness about maternal and child health.