By Alex Balimwikungu
Looking to get out of your comfort zone, to make a difference in your community and be part of a global community of young people who share a belief that health equity is a universal right? The time is now.
Global Health Corps (GHC), a leadership development organization working to build the next generation of global health leaders, has opened applications for its 2019-2020.
Speaking at a press conference to mark their 10 years of operation in Uganda on Wednesday at Golden Tulip Hotel, the Global Health Corps Uganda Country manager, Ruth Achillah revealed that over the past one decade GHC has worked alongside the Ugandan government to recruit and train 217 young advocates under the age of 30 for change in the health sector.
She revealed that GHC is leading the charge to recruit and train committed young leaders because their fellows and alumni were already making an impact. “Engaging young leaders with diverse backgrounds and skill sets is the key to transforming health systems in Uganda, a country with one of the largest youth populations in the world. As we look to grow our community, we are calling on all change makers who want to be part of building a brighter Uganda to join us,” She implored.
Achillah reveals that the GHC fellowship provides a paid 13 month opportunity to gain frontline global health network experience and access to robust leadership development curriculum during and beyond the fellowship year.
“Applicants can apply for a variety of roles with partner organizations ranging from IT and program management to communications and data analysis,” she said.
James Arinaitwe, an alumnus with Global Health Corp (GHC) and Founder of Teach for Uganda told of his journey from a rural Western Uganda village to being able to impact his community following his stint with Global Health Corps. He confessed that the one year fellowship is the opportunity many youth need to kick-start future leaders.
Prior to co-founding Teach For Uganda, CEO James Arinaitwe gained eight years of international development experience working with The Carter Center in the United States, the non-profit organization founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. He was also a 2012-13 Global Health Corps Fellow in New York, but his journey started in Uganda.
He revealed that Teach For Uganda (TFU) is an independent nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and equips outstanding Ugandan top university graduates and young professionals to work as transformational teachers and leaders in poor and under resourced schools towards ending education inequity in Uganda.
GHC’s official partners include the Ministry of Health, Jhpiego, Spark Microgrants, IntraHealth International, and Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment among others.
By Alex Balimwikungu