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!