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Blanca Rico

The PLP broadened my understanding of women’s rights,
gender and
health in other countries."

- Blanca Rico, Mexico



Ongoing In-Country Support

Current 2007-08 Projects:

Sudan: Beginning in early February, 2008, a Leadership/Management training will be held for district health care professionals in Blue Nile State (BNS), in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Health's Public Health Institute (PHI), and the World Health Organization (WHO). The training will include a mentor training, three months of mentored practical experience for participants, and a follow-up workshop on lessons learned. The goal is to strengthen the leadership and management skills of district health workers in BNS while also supporting enhanced training capacity of the PHI.

Ethiopia: In late April, 2008, a Leadership/Management Teaching training will be conducted with selected School of Public Health (SPH) faculty from Gondar and Jimma universities. The goal of this training is to build leadership teaching capacity at both universities in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), as well as to strengthen the relationships between the universities and their respective regional public health bureaus.

The above initiatives may provide models for adaptation in other PLP countries. As we implement the projects planned for 2007-08, we are interested in further discussion with Fellows outside of the current target countries about future activities and partnerships that would serve to strengthen national health care capacity in their countries.

The PLP network is our most vital resource and it is our hope that these innovative projects invigorate the network and creates opportunities for Fellows to work collaboratively and share best practices, strengthen inter- and intra-country relationships between Fellows, strategic national organizations, and ultimately impact public health care systems on a global scale.