The Global Health Corps (GHC), a United States organization that promotes global health equity, has opened up another opportunity for vibrant young Malawians to become fellows.
GHC fellows are fresh college graduates and young professionals drawn from diverse backgrounds to work on the frontlines of the fight for globalhealth equity at existing health organizations and government agencies.
They work in teams of two – one international fellow, one in-country fellow to support the placement organizations in improving healthcare access and health outcomes for the poor.
Currently, apart from the United States, in Africa the fellows areworking in countries namely Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Malawi and Zambia.
According to programs and operations associate for GHC in Malawi, Isabel Kumwembe, the organization is in the process of recruiting Malawians to work with the organization in yearlong paid fellowship positions.
“Fellowships are available in a wide range of areas, from monitoring and evaluation to supply chain management, communications to financial management.
“GHC focuses on engaging young people from the many diverse fields that are needed to build health systems and improve health services,” explained Kumwembe on Wednesday.
While indicating that applications close on February 3, Kumwembe pointed out that “applicants have to be passionate young professionals who will be under the age of 30 and holding at least an undergraduate degree by July 2015”.
Sheadded that another prerequisite was proficiency in English and applicants should also be invested in social justice and health equity.
The GHC observes that the complexity and scope of today’s health challenges require skills from a wide range of fields beyond medicine, yet opportunities are scarce for individuals with backgrounds outside of healthcare to use their unique skills in global health.
Kumwembe indicated that applicants do not need any background in health, medicine or development work.
“GHC is building an inclusive community of emerging leaders from many different fields and many different skills are needed to build strong healthcare systems, that’s why we need as many young professionals to apply,” she said.
Some of the projects that fellows work under include the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Covenant House, Mothers2Mothers, Partners In Health and the Millennium Villages.
Following their recruitment, GHC supports and challenges fellows throughout their fellowship. The year begins with a two-week Training Institute at Yale University for all fellows, followed by retreats and workshops throughout the year.
In addition, fellows have access to distance learning and collaboration opportunities, an advising program, professional development funds and networking opportunities, and GHC staff site visits and check-ins.
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