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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.

PART 1:
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.

PART 2:
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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The Talloires Network cordially invites you to join the discussion with our awardees Elvis Akomoneh, Sunitha Srinivas, their students and partners to discuss about employability skills as a result of community-engaged healthcare projects in Cameroon and South Africa.

WHEN AND WHERE:10:15-11:30 AM EST, Wednesday December 7, 2016 in the 3rd floor conference room, Ballou Hall, Tufts University (1 The Green, Medford, MA 02155). No RSVP required.

HOW TO JOIN ONLINE:
1. Click http://bit.ly/2gQiXBW at the time of the webinar: 10:15-11:30 AM EST i.e. 3:15- 4:30 PM GMT. Check your time zone here.
2. In the WebEx window that opens, enter your name and email address.
3. Click Join to launch the WebEx virtual session. Note: You may be asked to download a plug in the first time you enter a meeting.
4. To connect to Audio click the button Call Using Computer.

AGENDA:
Part 1: Project in Cameroon
   Introduction by Elvis Akomoneh (Lecturer at Saint Monica University, Cameroon)
   Presentation by Thomas Schrader (Professor at Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences i.e. Technische Hochschule Brandenburg, Germany)
   Presentation by Kenedy Abendong (MA student at Saint Monica University and Administrator at Access Care Clinic, Cameroon)
Part 2: Project in South Africa
   Presentation by Sunitha Srinivas (Associate Professor at Rhodes University, South Africa) on behalf of Thandi Mzizi (Institutional Wellness Specialist)
   Presentation by Theodore Duxbury (MA student at Rhodes University)
Part 3: Open discussion

We look forward to seeing you!
If you have any questions, please contact trang.vuong@tufts.edu

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Three presenters from LivingStone International University (LIU), Mbale, Uganda
(L-R): Stephen Wamembo (fourth-year student), Deborah Nassanga (fourth-year student), and Filliam Efiti (Dean and Lecturer at School of Media Technology)

On October 27th 2016 Efiti Filliam, Nassanga Deborah, and Wamembo Stephen in Uganda conducted a webinar on Internship Program and Community Engagement. Efiti is an awardee of the Talloires Network's University Education for Transformative Leadership in Africa (UETLA) Faculty Support Grant.

Filliam Efiti is the Dean and Lecturer at the School of Media Technology, LivingStone International University (LIU), Mbale, Uganda. Community engagement at the University centers around the Internship Program in which Filliam is the initiator and coordinator. This compulsory, credit-bearing Internship Program effectively stimulates the development and education of both students and communities. Some major community partners of LIU include Bungokho Rural Development Center, Jenga Center, and Good News Production International (GNPI). Ongoing projects have helped construct energy saving stoves for rural communities, train hair dressing and entrepreneurial skills for local young females, build public health and leadership capacity for both students and communities, and organize workshops on internship and leadership.

In this webinar, Filliam introduces his university and partnership with the local communities, Bungokho Rural Development Center and Jenga Community Development Center. He explains the approach, criteria, and objectives of their community-engaged internship program. Deborah and Stephen then elaborate how this internship program are beneficial to both students and communities. They show concrete examples, statistics, and images of their various projects such as construction of energy-saving stoves, video documentary shoot, income generation, community health and monitoring, and outreach to the needy.

Watch the webinar below and stay tuned for the next webinar from UETLA grantees!

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On July 7th 2016 Sunitha Srinivas and Theodore Duxbury conducted a webinar on Gender and Leadership in Health Promotion. Sunitha is an awardee of the Talloires Network's University Education for Transformative Leadership in Africa (UETLA) Faculty Support Grant. Theodore is her graduate students at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Rhodes University.

They discuss how the role of gender and leadership can be enhanced to initiate health promotion activities in the workplace to combat the epidemic increase in non-communicable diseases in South Africa. The presenters explore the wellness model, which emphasizes disease prevention and the promotion of health.The presentation also shows how Theodore Duxbury and Praise Marara, as two graduate students working with Peer Educators at Rhodes, have incorporated Sustainable Development Goals and UN-based developments into the Workplace Health Promotion on Tobacco and Alcohol Use projects.

Watch the webinar below, and stay tuned for more webinars from UETLA grantees! 

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The Talloires Network invites you to join the discussion with our UETLA Faculty Support Grant awardee Filliam Efiti and his two students at the School of Media Technology and School of Business Administration, LivingStone International University (Mbale, Uganda) on the benefits, experiences, and challenges of internship partnering between the university and the local community.

When: 9-10 AM EST i.e. 4-5 PM Uganda time, Thursday October 27, 2016. Check your time zone here.

How to join:
1. Click http://bit.ly/2e69A5p at the time of the webinar. No RSVP required. 
2. In the WebEx window that opens, enter your name and email address.
3. Click Join to launch the WebEx virtual session. Note: You may be asked to download a plug in the first time you enter a meeting
4. To connect to Audio click the button Call Using Computer

Agenda:
1. Introduction by Filliam Efiti
2. Presentation by Debora Nassanga
3. Presentation by Stephen Wambebo 
4. Open discussion

Meet the panelists:
Filliam Efiti is the Dean and Lecturer at School of Media Technology, LivingStone International University. Professionally, he is a journalist and currently a PhD student in Communication and Media at Kisii University, Kenya. He has 25 years of experience in the field of media and community engagement ranging from African Development Bank Smallholders Agricultural Program in Uganda, Refugee Repatriation programs in Uganda and South Sudan with Danish Refugee Council, and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Northern Uganda to Internship program entrenchment as solution to joblessness and community engagement in LivingStone International University. He will facilitate the webinar to discuss how the University’s Internship Program has ignited development in the community setting as well as provided optimum chances for interns to get employed and to create their own jobs.
Filliam will introduce how the combination of Internship Program and community engagement, a remarkable phenomenon in higher education, has helped community to become self-sustained while graduates have become more exposed and engaged. 

Deborah Nassanga is a fourth-year student at School of Media Technology. She coordinates Internship and Student-Community Engagement projects. She will continue this position until 2017. She leads 11 Media Technology students whose internship program relies on how to build attachment, intimacy and innovation in social and entrepreneurship with the communities through media, technology, and public communication (assertive communication style). They launched two major community attachment programs through meetings, practicum, and workshops. They are also shooting two documentaries this year in collaboration with community groups within Bungokho Rural Development Program.
Deborah held the position of Guild Speaker, and is well known for being a public speaker and community mobilizer in rural setting especially on health issues and community sustenance. She will present two practical cases of LivingStone International University's Internship Program: (i) workshop with communities on leadership and (ii) constructing energy saving stoves.

Stephen Wamembo is another fourth-year student pursuing Bachelor of Business Administration at Livingstone International University. He held several leadership positions which include but not limited to being Chairperson for Youth Ministry Bubulo Parish, Mbale Diocese Church of Uganda, General Secretary for Youth Leadership 2011-2016 of Manafwa Town Council, Minister for Academics/Disciplinary Affairs 2014-2015, Guild President of Livingstone International University 2015-2016, Student’s Mentor 2015-2016, Coordinator for Volunteering Club 2014-2016, Assistant Project Manager for English Club to support students from non-English speaking nations 2015-2016.
Stephen led the interns who were placed at Jenga Community Development Outreach (CDO) in 2016. He was involved in community engagement in health programs, entrepreneurship, and training community leaders and developing relations with the communities. He will present three practical cases of the Internship Program: (i) income generation for parents living with HIV and care givers of orphans, (ii) community health and monitoring, and (iii) outreach to the street children and remand home.

We look forward to seeing you in the webinar!
If you have any questions, please contact trang.vuong@tufts.edu

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(L-R): Zanele Nkabinde, Robynn Ingle-Moller, Manchala Sithole, and Martina Jordaan

On September 29th 2016 Martina Jordaan, Robynn Ingle-Moller, Zanele Nkabinde, and Manchala Sithole in South Africa conducted a webinar on Sustainability of Community-Engaged Projects. Dr. Martina Jordaan is an awardee of the Talloires Network's University Education for Transformative Leadership in Africa (UETLA) Faculty Support Grant.

Martina is a senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria. For the past 11 years, she has been responsible for Community-based Project Module (JCP), a compulsory module for all undergraduate students of the Faculty Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology. On behalf of campus-community partners, Robynn is from Bester Birds and Animal Zoo Park and Zanele is from Stanza Bopape Community Centre. Manchala is a representative of students who worked as mentors of the Module.

In their presentation, Martina gives the overview of the Community-based Project Module at her university, its three goals, vast number of enrolled students and diversity of implemented projects. She expounds how we can define and evaluate the sustainability of community-engaged projects - what it means to three groups of stakeholders: faculty, students, and communities. Robynn and Zanele help us to learn more about the projects and partnership that University of Pretoria have with their organizations. Lastly, Manchala presents about importance of mentorship for student development and exposure, and about what criteria and strategies are for sustaining the projects.

Watch the webinar below and stay tuned for more webinars from our Engaged Faculty!

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The Talloires Network invites you to join the discussion with our UETLA Faculty Support Grant awardee Martina Jordaan, her student and community partners at University of Pretoria (South Africa) on the challenges in sustaining community projects.

Martina Jordaan is a senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria responsible for the compulsory module, Community-based Project Module (JCP), for all undergraduate students of the Faculty Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology. Two campus-community partners, Robynn-Ingle Moller from Bester Birds and Animal Zoo Park and Brenda Motau from Stanza Bopape Community Centre as well as one student who worked as a mentor of the module, Manchala Sithole, will all be part of the discussion.

This Community-based Project Module was used as an example of a blended learning approach for a service learning module for non-service related courses in a text book about service learning in South Africa. The success of the module reflects in the positive feedback from the communities and students. From 2005 more than 16,628 students, representing various cultures, communities and countries, have worked in 4,782 projects with 3,428 different campus-community partners in different countries and from various sectors of the community. 

When8-9 AM EST i.e. 2-3 PM South Africa time, Thursday September 29, 2016. Check your time zone here.

How to join:
1. Click http://bit.ly/2f51EkU at the time of the webinar
2. In the WebEx window that opens, enter your name and email address.
3. Click Join to launch the WebEx virtual session. Note: You may be asked to download a plug in the first time you enter a meeting
4. To connect to Audio click the button Call Using Computer.

Agenda:
1. Introduction by Martina Jordaan
2. Presentation by campus-community partners - Robynn-Ingle Moller and Brenda Motau
3. Presentation by student - Manchala Sithole
4. Discussion

If you have any questions, please contact trang.vuong@tufts.edu

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The University Education for Transformative Leadership in Africa (UETLA) program, an ongoing Talloires Network effort to recognize and support engaged faculty, continues to flourish with fruitful exchanges. In addition to quarterly conference calls and monthly online reflections, there have been several in-person meetings to enhance the learning and connection. On May 20th, Associate Professor Sunitha Srinivas of Rhodes University, one of ten UETLA grantees, visited the Talloires Network’s office and delivered a presentation on “Health Empowerment: By and With the Community.

Her stories were impressive and inspiring to the audience at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life. We learned about her personal career path from an industry-focused pharmacist to a community-engaged health advocate. As she recalls her lifelong journey of learning, it has been a “humble beginning and progressive realization” throughout 23 years of experiences. To her, challenges such as working without a mentor or working as the only female in the group are valuable. Coming from Bangalore (India) with considerable experiences with the first Medicines Information Centre in the country and then India World Health Organization Essential Medicines Program, she relocated to Grahamstown (South Africa) to work at Rhodes University.

We also learned about Rhodes University, an institution that nurtured Sunitha’s passion for serving the majority of population who depends on public sector to access healthcare. Participating in the Community Experiential Program at the Faculty of Pharmacy, she started to question the prevalent model of “Disease-Drug-Dispense” and wanted to concentrate on health, not only disease. Rhodes’ three pillars that guide academics helped her to realize the need of integrating three elements in her work: teaching, research, and community engagement.

Through her vivid presentation, Sunitha shared about the community engagement projects and programs she has initiated for her students. A notable example is her students’ participation in National Science Festivals six times in ten years. These events included exhibits, board games, and computer quizzes. The initial effort brought Sunitha a Vice Chancellor’s Inaugural Distinguished Award in 2008, which strengthened her determination to do community engaged work. Other examples are health promotion for non-communicable diseases in National Science Week 2010, an eight-week workshop with traditional health practitioners, community outreach on World Heart Day and World Diabetes Day 2011, and various research projects by third-year students of Rhodes University Pharmacy Students Association from 2004 to 2014.

In the follow-up session, Sunitha and the audience had a lively discussion on both opportunities and challenges of community engagement. We all are impressed by her wisdom in the field and her devotion to those who need healthcare most.

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