US organization recruiting Malawians to join Global Health Corps

The Global Health Corps (GHC), a US-based organization dealing with different health challenges in Malawi, is recruiting young Malawians who will be posted in different parts of the country to work as fellows.

Currently operating in the US, Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi, GHC recruits young nationals from the respective countries and once they complete their training are paired and placed with organizations working towards health equity.

“GHC is a community of emerging leaders who are building the movement for health equity. We are looking for fellows who are inspired to serve others and change the face of global health in Malawi and around the world.

“Through collaboration, innovation and a commitment to learning and producing results, we can create new solutions to today’s global health challenges,” says Barbara Bush, CEO at GHC.

In Malawi, GHC pairs a Malawian fellow with an American counterpart, a model which according to the organization gives both fellows a richer understanding of the different perspectives at play in development. It also creates a team that is more effective at engaging with multiple stakeholders.

According to the organization’s Partnership Officer, Kaylyn Koberna, applications for the 2014-2015 fellowship class are open until January 26 and can be done via the GHC website http://ghcorps.org/.

“We are working to reach as many young Malawian professionals as possible with information about the fellowship opportunity,” says Koberna, who is also working with the Ministry of Health in Malawi under Presidential Initiative for Maternal Health & Safe Motherhood.

She further indicates that applications are open to all who are 30 or under at the start of the fellowship, have an undergraduate university degree by July 2014, and are proficient in English.

States Koberna: “Applicants don’t necessarily need a background in health because organizations hosting fellows this year requested people with various backgrounds such as architecture, engineering and arts.”

Apart from the Ministry of Health, in the country the organization is also working with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Lilongwe, Partners in Health in Neno, Dignitas International in Zomba and Girls Empowerment Network in Blantyre, among others.

Malawi is one of the United Nation’s member states which are putting much effort on achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals by 2015, which mostly includes the health sector.

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