Swedish Institute continues to support Karolinska and partners’ international training programmes in innovation and leadership

28 Apr 2022 | Network Updates | Update from Karolinska Institutet
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KI has been approved continued funding from the Swedish Institute (SI) to implement two capacity building training programmes for professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa. The programmes, which have been running since 2020, will be offered online during 2022 - 2023.

The training programmes are funded by the SI Public Sector Innovation Programme which aims to strengthen the capacity of professionals to contribute to innovation in the public sector and support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

"We are proud and happy to once again offer KI the opportunity to collaborate with important national and international partners and jointly contribute to innovation and sustainability. The participants in KI:s training programmes play a key role in implementing Agenda 2030 in the public sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Somalia and Uganda", says Adiam Tedros, Head of Unit, Development Programmes at the Swedish Institute.

Public sector innovation and support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development

The Department of Global Public Health manages one programme while the other is managed by the Department of Women's and Children's Health. Both are developed and managed in partnership with universities in Sub-Saharan Africa and are part of the virtual Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health. Their common focus is leadership & innovation and developing smart welfare services.

The programme run by the Department of Global Public Health (GPH) is called “Managing Innovation Sustainable Health” and targets professionals in the Democratic republic of Congo, Somalia and Uganda . The training has been developed in partnership with innovation specialists Tinkr and Makerere University, Benadir University and Kinshasa School of Public Health.

“We are very happy to be able to offer the training programme again! During the past two years we have built an important and impactful network with our partner universities and with our participants. By offering the programme for another year we will be able to continue the momentum of supporting the implementation of Agenda 2030 in the public sector in these countries,” explains Karin Båge, educational developer at KI and co-coordinator for the programme.

The training programme run by the Department of Women's and Children's Health is called "Capacity building programme for public health officials in maternal and child health in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and Uganda", and targets officials in government institutions, primarily with a background in nursing and midwifery.

During the past two years the participants have reached out to five health facilities where they have implemented evidence-based care routines using the multisectoral collaboration to facilitate the implementation. More than 5 000 women have given birth to their babies within the quality improvement project in Kenya, Malawi and Ethiopia. For the upcoming year, the project has expanded to include Uganda.

This article was first published on 26 April by Karolinska Institutet.

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