Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Fellowship aims to supporting aspirational public health leaders from Africa in acquiring advanced skills and competencies to strategize, 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. As the Africa CDC reflects on the remarkable progress of the Kofi Annan Fellowship in Global Health Leadership Programme, having graduated 39 Fellows from over 20 AU Member States and currently training 20 more from 14 Member States, we have witnessed the tangible impact of this visionary initiative. The programme’s alumni have not only honed their leadership qualities but are also actively shaping the future of healthcare across Africa. With some leading national programmes, others are replicating leadership programmes in their institutions, and some have taken up Government Ministerial positions, the ripple effect of this leadership program is undeniable.
Application for the 4th Cohort of the Fellowship programme is now open and the deadline for submission is 30th January, 2024. Africa CDC continue to encourage diversity of applicantions from across the AU Member States. Cohort 4 will witness the introduction of Mental Health track, therefore Public Mental Health Professionals are encouraged to apply. In addition, staff in senior positions within Government Ministries and National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs) especially women are also strongly encouraged to apply.
The Fellowship will support 12 months of high-level professional development in advanced public health leadership that includes acquiring skills in health diplomacy, change management, influencing policy, among others. Fellows will be supported by experienced experts in relevant fields from Africa and the diaspora. At the end of the programme, Fellows would have developed skills:
Applicants for the Fellowship must:
Selection to the Fellowship will be done by an independent committee comprising experts from Africa CDC, African Union and partners. Application documents must provide clear and detailed information about the applicant, their values and experience relating to the following criteria:
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Applicants are expected to fill out the application form with their personal information, professional background attaching: