YALI Global Health Tuesdays: Promoting Wellbeing

July 17, 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: Promoting Well-Being.

  • “Malaria” with Iliassa Ayouba, Nurse, Comoros. Ayouba has worked as a nurse in the Comorian government health system, specifically in rural areas, for five years. He is the National Malaria Control Program supervisor in his community and is the president and founder of the first health care association in Comoros. He is the national vice president of the Insular Peace Network office. He has created an association to build confidence in the Comorian healthcare system and encourage those who need medical assistance to go to the hospital. As a nurse, he is able to connect well with the sick and help them access medical care.
  • “The Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Concept for Attaining Health for All in Ghana” with Maxwell Tii Kumbeni, Nurse, Ghana. Kumbeni has worked as a trained and licensed registered general nurse and been employed by the Ghana Health Service since 2009.  He started his career in Navrongo Hospital where he was responsible for patient care. After one year, he was reposted to Sakote Health Center in Nabdam District where he was responsible for diagnosing and treating minor ailments, propagating health promotion activities and assisting in running administrative activities. Three years later, he was appointed the sub-district leader, responsible for monitoring and supervision, health promotion and disease prevention, liaison between the sub-district and the district health management team, and implementation of health policies. To reduce health disparities in developing countries, effective policy implementation is key in leadership and management which is why he chose to provide good health to rural communities.
  • “Reproductive Health in Ethiopia” with Kalkidan Lakew Belayneh, M.D., Ethiopia. Belayneh is a medical doctor and an advocator with more than 6 years of experience in advocacy of public health issues, specifically focusing on reproductive health. Currently, she is working as a Medical Director of a government hospital located in a rural setup where she overseas all the clinical activities and she also has helped establish various departments within the hospital. She has an active volunteering experience in different organizations, including her service as the Director of Public Health in Ethiopian Medical Students’ Association. Belayneh earned her medical degree from Addis Ababa University School of Medicine. She is a leader with a commitment to empower women across her country by addressing issues regarding their sexual and reproductive health and rights. She hopes to see all women exercise their rights to the fullest. She chose this work because of her all-time dream of helping the less fortunate and finding solutions for their problems. Being a physician with leadership positions gives her the opportunity to live that dream and also to motivate and manage others to do the same