The African Union Commission launched the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) – Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Programme on 25 May 2020 in partnership with the Kofi Annan Foundation, following its approval by the Governing Board of Africa CDC in March 2018.
The aim of the Fellowship is to support aspirational Public Health Leaders (Fellows) from Africa in acquiring advanced skills and competencies to strategise, manage and lead public health programmes that will transform public health in Africa.
Fellows admitted in the programme are senior public health professionals from African Union Member States who will contribute to and lead the implementation of a new public health order for Africa, and in turn mentor and develop the next generation of public health leaders for the continent.
IAP Young Physician Leaders (YPL) alumna Mary Eyram Ashinyo (2016 cohort), is among the 2022 Fellows and will benefit from the wealth of experience of the AU and Africa CDC, the leadership perspectives of faculty members as well as those of her peers, in addition to a formal coaching and mentoring program.
“With leadership competencies gained from leadership fellowships including the Mandela Washington Fellowship and the InterAcademy Partnership's Young Physician Leaders programme, the Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership is an additional opportunity for creating a network of like-minded leaders, promoters and coaches for my leadership journey with a focus of addressing health problems at regional level and beyond," she said.
"I look forward to maximizing this opportunity as much as possible to build leadership competencies of other physician leaders in Ghana and beyond," she added.
Mary Eyram Ashinyo's work involves working with diverse stakeholders in the planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and oversight of healthcare quality programs and strengthening health systems within which quality and safe care can be rendered in all Ghana Health Service healthcare facilities.