Developing leaders in public health at inaugural IANPHI Leadership Academy
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Inaugural IANPHI Leadership Academy launched in Maputo
March 3, 2015
Allison Greenspan and Christina Craig
February 11th marked the closing of the second session of the inaugural 2014-15 Academy. Hosted by the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Session 2, brought together current and emerging NPHI leaders from 11 African countries.
The first session held in Maputo, Mozambique on December 5th, launched the IANPHI Leadership Academy -- a 2-session, skills-based training initiative made possible by the generous support of the Swedish National Institute of Health and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Leadership Academy provides NPHI executive teams with tools and strategies to advance personal and institutional leadership development.
The Academy is targeted to NPHIs in Africa, whose directors were asked to nominate 2- or 3-person teams to participate. The aim is to foster excellence and best practices in leadership through experiential learning.
Hosted by Mozambique’s National Institute of Health and its director Dr. Ilesh Jani, Session 1 focused on personal leadership styles, using the DISC assessment tool. The session’s interactive seminars and group activities allowed participants to gain self-awareness and understanding of their leadership styles, understand the contributions of each style to a group’s performance and the work environment, and learn to adapt styles for more effective and productive communication and interaction. Attendees embraced the opportunity to explore leadership styles using the DISC tool, and engaged with enthusiasm in the workshop’s many hands-on, participatory activities.
The training was designed by Dr. Sue Binder and Ms. Allison Greenspan (IANPHI-US Office) and facilitated by Dr. Binder, Dr. Sarah Wamala (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden), Mr. Marcus Jönsson (Public Health Agency of Sweden), and Professor Oni Idigbe (Nigerian Institute of Medical Research). Dr. Jani also joined the group, advocating for collaborations and partnerships among the participating cohort of emerging leaders – the ‘future of public health in Africa’ – to galvanize and invigorate public health research and service delivery on the continent.
The second workshop in the series of two -- scheduled for February 2015 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and hosted by theNational Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) and its director, Dr. Mwele Malecela – will focus on ‘leading outward.’ In the short time between sessions, the attendees will have the opportunity to stay engaged via a web forum arranged by IANPHI’s US Office.
Overall, the Session 1 participants applauded the content and approach of the training, and many provided anecdotal reports on the skills and confidence they have already gained from their time in Maputo. Dr. Joseph Kibachio from Kenya, said, “The training in Maputo was awesome. I learned so much and have hit the ground running…can’t wait for February.” Others echoed this sentiment, including Professor Oni Idigbe from Nigeria, who noted, “I was particularly impressed with the interactive nature of the sessions and the total involvement of both the facilitators and the participants. We are all looking forward [to the next session] and hoping to be better leaders.”
To acknowledge and honor the continuing contributions of Dr. David Heymann and IANPHI’s Heymann Mentorship Program, leaders who complete the IANPHI Leadership Academy will be recognized as Heymann Fellows.
2014-2015 Leadership Academy Heymann Fellows
The inaugural class of IANPHI Leadership Academy Heymann Fellows is comprised of28 public health professionals, representing national public health institutes from 11 countries across Africa.
Dr. Herve Adjoumani, Cote d'Ivoire
Dr. Damus Paquin Kouassi, Cote d'Ivoire
Dr. Paulo Rabna, Guinea-Bissau
Dr. Joseph Kibachio, Kenya
Dr. Jane Githuku, Kenya
Dr. Austin Mnthambala, Malawi
Dr. Damson Kathyola, Malawi
Dr. Benson Chilima, Malawi
Dr. Nilsa Razão de Deus, Mozambique
Dr. Sofia Omar Viegas, Mozambique
Dr. Cynthia Semá Baltazar, Mozambique
Dr. Oliver Ezechi, Nigeria
Dr. Rosemary Audu, Nigeria
Dr. Samson Awolola, Nigeria
Dr. Adebayo Adedeji, Nigeria
Mrs. Colette Isu, Nigeria
Mr. Maurice Gatera, Rwanda
Miss. Zaynab Ahmed Noor, Somalia
Dr. Yasin Mohamed Nur, Somalia
Mr. Abdifatah Diriye Ahmed, Somalia
Dr. Haitham Bashier, Sudan
Dr. Shahd Ahmed Mohammed Osman, Sudan
Dr. Abdalla Sid Ahmed Osman, Sudan
Dr. Ndekya M. Oriyo, Tanzania
Dr. Kijakazi O. Mashoto, Tanzania
Dr. Joseph Swilla, Tanzania
Dr. Abiba Kere Banla, Togo
Dr. Jacqueline Halatoko, Togo