How we #MultiplyChange in East Africa:
Summary of NextGen Leaders
Dear <<First Name>>,
Thanks to your support and contributions to #MultiplyChange last year, young people across East Africa are now actively creating change to bring better prevention and care for the world's leading killers to the region.
From September 9-11, YP-CDN partnered with RTI International, the University of Nairobi, and Health Action International to bring together 47 health professionals, students, and cancer patients from YP-CDN Chapters active in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Burundi to learn advocacy and leadership skills, discuss NCD priorities and solutions, build regional ties, and to work on strategies to improve access to treatment for chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in their countries.
We received over 150 applications to attend this workshop, which is a strong testament to the need and demand for this training and advocacy opportunity. One message is loud and clear: our generation will not accept the status quo on health-- we are taking matters into our own hands, with support and guidance from our senior mentors in public health, and shaking up the global NCD movement.
Trainers and speakers joined us from a wide range of organizations, including Kenya and Uganda Ministries of Health, the African Institute for Health and Development, PATH, Rwanda Diabetes Association, a Kenya Breast Cancer Support Group, International Institute For Legislative Affairs Kenya, and more. You can find the full program here.
Now, for some really exciting news:
At the NextGen Leaders Symposium on Sept. 9th, YP-CDN and RTI International announced a new partnership to develop the next generation of health leaders with a focus on NCDs. This program is the first of its kind, and we are thrilled to be working with RTI International over the coming years. The 3-day workshop was made possible thanks to their partnership and sponsorship.
Continue reading to hear from participants on what they learned and the fun they had doing it! The NextGen Leaders workshop was a deeply meaningful experience to so many of us, as it truly embodied the power of our social network that allows passionate and talented people to come together to make a difference in the lives of others.
And we could not do this without your support!
Jordan Jarvis, YP-CDN Executive Director
The NextGen LeadersNCD Symposium launched the training at the University of Nairobi, bringing in local and international allies from government, NGOs, patient organizations, Universities, and Research Institutes. Dean of Medicine Prof. Frederick Were opened the symposium to over 100 participants, where we discussed:
Policy & advocacy challenges for NCDs in East Africa, and concerns and priorities of youth across the East African Region
Solutions to improve availability and affordability of essential medicines and treatment for NCDs
Financing for NCD solutions in East Africa
A special thanks to all of our speakers and participants!
"I felt like my passion was expertly transformed into result yielding action. I had a metamorphosis of sorts from an over the top activist to a skilled and fruitful advocate.
One of the speakers, Eunice Kariuki, a cancer survivor who spoke with so much strength, taught me that the only barriers to our true success, is the very limitations we set for ourselves."
"My favourite session was the 60 second sound bites, where you had exactly 60 seconds to pitch a proposal policy to Dr. Kibachio, the Head of the NCD division in the Ministry of Health in Kenya. It was great to interact with young people from across the continent of Africa and beyond. Lasting friendships were made. I'm looking forward to more trainings and discussions to derive sustainable solutions."
"The NextGen Workshop proved that it’s possible to bring the next generation together to have fun and get things done at the same time. The workshop was conducted in a non-traditional way, where hands-on activities were the rule (rather than long lectures), yoga sessions helped us focus and re-energize, among other ways of making it fun and engaging. This made me think of the way we portray our advocacy messages: we need creativity and innovation to really get our message across to different audiences."
YP-CDN Tanzania and Burundi Chapter Leaders creating advocacy strategies
Dr. Kibachio, Ministry of Health Kenya, leads a session on speaking with policymakers
The Africa Yoga Project guiding us through a mindful break
“If we want to change the NCD landscape in Africa, we need to start with ourselves.”
Dr. Joseph Kibachio, Director of NCDs, Ministry of Health Kenya