Known as “the warm heart of Africa,” Malawi is a small but dynamic landlocked country in southeastern Africa where exciting progress in health and development is afoot. A legacy of strong leadership on maternal health and the potential for huge impact in some of the country’s least developed areas make Malawi a critical place for global health investment, particularly when it comes to rebuilding and strengthening health systems in the COVID-19 recovery era.
Our fellows in Malawi work to promote collaboration on a range of health issues from pandemic response and preparedness to behavior change communication and HIV/AIDS. Our dynamic alumni are young leaders rising fast, poised to shape the country’s future of health.
Rwanda, “the land of a thousand hills,” has emerged in the last several decades as a beacon and development powerhouse on the African continent. Progress has been marked by an uptick in widespread health improvements and gender equity and a strong COVID-19 response that limited lives lost. Improving access to and quality of health services for marginalized populations across Rwanda remains a priority, especially as they face heightened challenges to their health and livelihoods in the wake of the pandemic.
Fellows work to improve nutrition, tackle supply chain challenges, spearhead health worker training and girls’ empowerment initiatives, and more. Our growing network of alumni represent a bright future for the nation.
Uganda, “the pearl of Africa”, is a rapidly-growing country in East Africa with a diverse landscape and a large youth population. Expanding access to family planning, lowering maternal mortality rates, and preventing malaria remain priorities, especially as COVID-19 has increased health challenges and taxed existing resources.
Fellows address challenges ranging from preventing maternal death and malaria to improving data systems. Our highly engaged and dynamic alumni network collaborates across borders and boundaries, amplifying their efforts to transform Uganda’s health system.
Despite having the highest per capita spending on health in the world, the U.S. is home to widening health inequities. While the country has made innovative medical and technological advances in recent years, the pandemic illustrated and exacerbated significant weaknesses in the U.S. health system. Furthermore, the U.S. public health workforce faces burnout and attrition, as well as a lack of diversity at the highest levels of leadership. Women and BIPOC leaders face barriers to career advancement, as evidenced by their underrepresentation in senior-level leadership positions.
GHC has worked in the U.S. since our founding. In 2023 we are launching a reimagined U.S. fellowship program in the country. The program aims to support young leaders — especially those who identify as members of historically marginalized groups — to advance into managerial and executive roles in public health. It provides a cadre of rising U.S. health leaders with critical skills, global acumen, and connections to strengthen U.S. health systems.
Landlocked in southern Africa, Zambia spans a mineral rich and highly diverse landscape. Both HIV/AIDS infection rates and maternal deaths have seen major decline in recent decades, though the COVID-19 pandemic has posed significant challenges to global health progress and overall prosperity.
Our fellows fill critical gaps with organizations working on issues ranging from malaria and tuberculosis prevention to sexual and reproductive health. We’re proud of our growing network of Zambian alumni who are working to transform the country’s health system.