UN ini­tia­tive to hire fe­male pro­fes­sion­als

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BRAZ­ZAV­ILLE: The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO) Re­gional Of­fice for Africa and UN Vol­un­teers (UNV) have launched the Africa Young Women Health Cham­pi­ons ini­tia­tive to re­cruit early to mid­dle ca­reer fe­male pro­fes­sion­als across 47 coun­tries in the African re­gion.

The in­sti­tu­tions would jointly hire about 100 young African women as UN Vol­un­teers, the WHO said. The re­cruit­ment would fo­cus on fe­male pro­fes­sion­als in public health, epi­demi­ol­ogy, health re­search, health emer­gency man­age­ment, data man­age­ment, sta­tis­tics, or other health-re­lated fields, in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment, in­no­va­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, ad­min­is­tra­tion and ex­ter­nal re­la­tions.

In a re­gion with some of the high­est dis­ease bur­den in the world, the Africa Young Women Health Cham­pi­ons ini­tia­tive would pro­vide women with the op­por­tu­nity to serve to im­prove the health and well-be­ing of peo­ple in Africa.

“We have com­mit­ted to achiev­ing gen­der par­ity among WHO staff and, although we are mak­ing progress, we still have work to do,” said teh WHO re­gional di­rec­tor for Africa, Mat­shidiso Moeti.

Since 1973, WHO had been part­ner­ing with the UNV pro­gramme to pro­vide es­sen­tial so­cial ser­vices, pri­mary health care and com­bat dis­eases through aware­ness and preven­tion. In the past 10 years, 439 UN vol­un­teers served with WHO, sup­port­ing its mis­sion to pro­mote health, keep peo­ple safe and serve the vul­ner­a­ble.

“With the Africa Young Women Health Cham­pi­ons ini­tia­tive we are open­ing the doors for 100 women pro­fes­sion­als to join WHO of­fices across Africa as UN vol­un­teers. WHO and UNV share the goal to em­power women while help­ing coun­tries on the con­ti­nent to im­prove peo­ple’s health. And these new col­leagues will be the agents of change and cham­pi­ons of Africa’s healthy fu­ture,” UNV deputy ex­ec­u­tive co-or­di­na­tor Toily Kur­banov said.

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