COVID-19 Response: Spotlight on Fatsani Banda
Fatsani Banda joined Global Health Corps as a 2012-2013 fellow, working as a Procurement and Logistics Coordinator at Partners In Health Malawi. Born and raised in Malawi, Fatsani witnessed the impact of broken health systems that left many unable to access care. After graduating from the University of Malawi with a degree in journalism, she landed a job at a bank. Even though she was far removed from the global health sector, she never let her passion die, and managed to land a Global Health Corps (GHC) fellowship as she pivoted careers. She now works as an Operation Manager for Partners In Health, working to strengthen health systems to respond to crises like Ebola and COVID-19.
Prior to joining GHC, Fatsani Banda was working at a bank in Lilongwe. She yearned to be a part of the solution to the many health inequities she witnessed growing up in Malawi. From a young age, Fatsani believed unequivocally that healthcare was a human right.
With a degree in journalism and no experience in healthcare, she was at a loss for how to pursue a career in health. When she learned about GHC and was accepted to be a fellow in 2012, she still wasn’t sure if she could play a meaningful role without any medical training.
As a Procurement and Logistics Coordinator at Partners In Health in Malawi, Fatsani managed a $500,000+ budget for the purchase and delivery of clinical items, as well as the construction of new surgical wards. In partnership with the Ministry of Health and UNICEF, Fatsani also helped implement an electronic stock management system for tracking drugs and essential commodities. She realized the importance of myriad skill sets in expanding access to healthcare and committed to staying in the sector.
Following her fellowship, Fatsani remained with Partners In Health Malawi as an Operation Manager for two years, overseeing procurement, transport, and logistics. When Ebola hit West Africa, Fatsani was spurred to action and joined the Partners in Health team in Liberia, working as an Operations Manager to support and strengthen the country’s health systems. When the pandemic hit, Fatsani pulled on all of her experience and training to co-lead efficient PIH operations in response to COVID-19.