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On December 7th 2016, the Talloires Network's Support Grant Program for Engaged Faculty in Africa hosts a webinar with five presenters from Cameroon, Germany and South Africa. We are glad to have senior officers from MasterCard Foundation and African Leadership Academy and attendees from Kenya, Uganda, Ghana... join the meeting.

Elvis Akomoneh is a Lecturer and former Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Saint Monica University Cameroon and Guest Lecturer at the University of Bamenda, Northwest Cameroon. He is currently a final-year PhD student at the University of Buea. With a strong background in Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Medical Laboratory Technology, his research interest centers around emerging infectious diseases, an established cause for morbidity and mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Elvis actively embeds civic engagement in his teaching and research. He initiated the Saint Monica University Health Center Franchise Project while working as the Coordinator of the School of Health and Human Services and is currently overseeing the projects in communities.
To begin, Elvis introduces how health students at Saint Monica University are prepared for life upon graduation through community-engaged healthcare services. Initiated in September 2013, the Health Center Franchise Project aims at developing a franchise system, whereby graduates of the Saint Monica University nursing and physician assistant programs will be able to establish health centers across the country, especially in underserved areas, thereby providing much needed healthcare in remote areas, while providing jobs for the healthcare professionals and strengthening the local economy.

Thomas Schrader, Professor at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences (Technische Hochschule Brandenburg, Germany), is a Certified Pathologist and Professor of Applied Informatics (medical informatics). His teaching and research interest includes but not limited to: Telemedicine, eHealth, mHealth (working with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, sensors and actors) Biomedical Signal Processing, Digital Medical Image Processing, Medical Process Modeling, Assistance Systems in Medicine and Patient Safety.
Thomas is the architect behind the Telemedicine suitcase mTirage and helps us to understand the principle of the device as well as its workability in African communities.

Kenedy Abendong is a Nursing and a Public Health master’s student in the School of Health and Human Services, Saint Monica University. He’s currently the administrator of Access Care Clinic, a product of the Health Center Franchise Project which was founded with support from the Talloires Network’s Faculty Support Grant Program.
In the webinar, Kenedy presents the community engagement projects of his peers working at the clinic and “the health insurance scheme” established for the community.

Sunitha Srinivas is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Rhodes University, South Africa. She has 23 years of experiences in the field: from a specialist at India Medicines Information Centre and India World Health Organization Essential Medicines Program to a community-engaged health advocate at Rhodes University.
In this second part, Sunitha demonstrates the networking for public health on behalf of Mr. Thandi Mzizi, Rhodes University’s Institutional Wellness Specialist on “Peer Educators Network for Health Promotion at Rhodes”. She also explains the employability skills that students learn from the project.

Her master’s student, Theodore Duxbury, is supported by a Research Development Grant for his research on Workplace Health Promotion: Tobacco Use. He’s working with Peer Educators in a collaborative manner to initiate sustainable development-based on health promotion.
To end the presentations, he reports on “Progress of Developing and End User Testing Culturally Sensitive and Contextually Specific Health Information Leaflets”.

Watch the webinar below and feel free to contact us for any comments or questions! 

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Meet the Engaged Faculty Cohort for 2016


In partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, the Talloires Network announces the winners of the University Education for Transformative Leadership in Africa Faculty Support Grants. We are pleased to host an international Selection Committee that chose the 10 grantees and two honorable mentions from a pool of 28 applicants from seven countries in Africa. The cohort represents some of the most unique and innovative programs in university-community engagement.

Please join us in welcoming the winners. Every month members of the cohort will post reflections and short writings on their work as engaged faculty at their home institutions in South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Cameroon, Sudan, and Egypt. 

About the Faculty Support Grant Program: Seeks to support the ongoing learnings of the Youth Economic Participation Initiative, launched in 2012 to catalyze change in the way universities across the globe prepare their students for economic life after graduation. The purpose of this program is to support those efforts by documenting the work of university education for transformative leadership at African institutions, with an emphasis on outcomes of education strategies for youth leadership and employability. It also seeks to reinforce the broader goals of the Talloires Network and strengthening participation in the Community of Practice: The program aims to reinforce the Talloires Network 2014 Call to Action, by “expanding and strengthening university efforts to prepare their students for civic and economic participation and active citizenship – to educate students who are effective and successful global citizens.”

Grant Winners

- Elvis Akomoneh, Department of Health Sciences

Saint Monica University, Cameroon

Saint Monica Health Center Franchise Project partnering with the Ministry of Public Health in Cameroon

The project was initiated in September 2013 and aims at developing a franchise system, whereby graduates of the Saint Monica University (SMU) nursing and physician assistant programs will be able to establish health centers across the country, especially in underserved areas, thereby providing much needed health care in remote areas, while providing jobs for these health care professionals and strengthening the local economy.

- Sunitha Chandrasekhar Srinivas, Faculty of Pharmacy

Rhodes University, South Africa

Maternal and Child Health partnering with St. Mary’s Development and Care Center 

This initiative focuses on the Millennium Development Goals which address infant and child mortality and maternal health in South Africa. The program identifies maternal health issues of women in rural villages and seeks to provide educational interventions for healthy mothers and children.

- Efiti Filliam, School of Media Technology

LivingStone International University, Uganda

Internship partnering with the Bungokho Rural Development Centre

This innovative internship program gives Ugandan students opportunities to gain relevant experiences in their career field and exposure to determine if they have genuine interest in the field. It gives students the opportunity to have a “hands-on” experience with modern and contemporary practices in a dynamic economic work environment.

- Martina Jordaan, Department of Informatics

University of Pretoria, South Africa

Community-based Project Module partnering with the Stanza Bopape Health and Community Centre

This is a flagship module of the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology at the University of Pretoria. It is an eight-credit module (80 hours) offered on an open-ended and project-orientated basis. It gives all undergraduate students a structured, educationally sound experience in community engagement, service-learning and reciprocity with a community organization. Learn more on the program YouTube and Facebook.

- Phumelele Eleanor Kunene-Ngubane, Institute for Rural Development and Community Engagement

Mangosuthu University of Technology, South Africa

MUT Student Volunteerism Project partnering with the Ikamva Youth Organization

Founded in 2013, the project encourages students to be involved with community initiatives on a voluntary capacity. It seeks to create graduates who are responsible and conversant in community ethics.

- Anthony Leone, The Rhetoric and Composition Department

The American University in Cairo, Egypt

The Quartet of Course and Civic Engagement Conference Project partnering with the African Hope Learning Center

This annual project involves four academic courses with a semi-annual conference on civic engagement held at a partner university in Beirut, Lebanon. The project, which includes the Quartet and the Conference, all work together to enhance the opportunity for students to become active citizens who are agents for community change. And the project represents a manifestation of the sincere belief in the relationship between good scholarship and human development.

- Rwida Matar, School of Management Studies

Ahfad University for Women, Sudan

Creating Opportunities for Youth Employment partnering with the Babiker Badri Scientific Association for Women Studies

This program prepares students of all levels with soft skills to effectively interact with people from diverse backgrounds. The ethical leadership component teaches student to examine their views, values and biases in order to respond effectively to situations arising from diversity in their communities. It offers skills training to promote positive interactions and create awareness and encourage the use of community resources.

- Janice McMillan, Centre for Higher Education Development

University of Cape Town, South Africa 

Deliberate Pedagogy in the Community: Developing Citizen Leaders in Higher Education partnering with the Development Action Group

Founded in 2010 as a commitment by the University of Cape Town to grow active, global citizens with a commitment to work for social justice, citizenship and leadership.

- Olive Mugenda, School of Applied Human Sciences

Kenyatta University 

Kenyatta University Growing Leaders Programme partnering with Brilliant Technologies

The programme aims at inculcating transformational leadership skills and positive attitudes in young people, in preparation for their life after school. This is done by encouraging innovativeness and the ability to adapt in the world outside class and the vision to create own opportunities to advance both self as well as others in the society.

- Dina Wafa, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

The American University in Cairo, Egypt

Future Generations in Economic Development in Egypt and the Arab Region partnering with CARE-Egypt

This program strengthens economic advocacy of students at all levels in Egypt and the Arab region, focusing on access to information, creating a participatory approach and public policy reform.


Honorable Mentions

- Ayman Ismail, School of Business, Department of Management

The American University in Cairo, Egypt

AUC Venture Lab: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem for Egyptian Entrepreneurs partnering with Nahdet el Mahrousa

V-lab was established as an entrepreneurial incubator for students and non students that educates youth leaders in the form of entrepreneurs principles of running a startup successfully towards becoming effective and successful global citizens using university faculty and facilities.

- Lourens Botha Grove, UP Law Clinic, Procedural Law, Faculty of Law

University of Pretoria, South Africa

Practical Law / UP Law Clinic

This experiential learning course enables students to engaged practical legal experience in nearby communities by providing free legal services. 

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