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Emerging Voices for Global Health, November 2016, Vancouver, Canada








Emerging Voices for Global Health (EV4GH) is an innovative multi-partner blended training program for young, promising and emerging health policy & systems researchers, decision makers and other health system professionals with an interest in becoming influential global health voices and/or local change makers.  EV4GH coaches “Emerging Voices” to participate actively in international conferences where global health issues are addressed, and to raise their voice in scientific and policy debates. EV4GH is now a thematic working group of Health Systems Global

The EV4GH 2016 training consists of:

E-coaching and distance learning in preparation for a face-to-face training (Aug –Oct 2016)

Face-to-face (F2F) training: scientific presentation, networking and communication skills coaching using innovative formats, content training & field visit to the Canadian health system (Vancouver, early Nov-10 Nov 2016)

Young researchers (& other changemakers’) pre-conference (Vancouver, 11 – 12 Nov  2016)

Participation in the Fourth Globaal Symposium on Health Systems Research (Vancouver, 14 – 18 Nov 2016)

Wrap-up focusing on Emerging ‘beyond Vancouver’ (Vancouver, 19 – 20 Nov 2016)

Distance coaching post – symposium (with various tracks), membership of EV4GH network

Young researchers (& other changemakers’) pre-conference (Vancouver, 11 – 12 Nov  2016)

Emerging Voices Winners of 2016

  • Angela Yuwen Chang, Doctoral candidate, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, United States of America
  • Joy Chuki N. Mauti, PhD student, Institute of Public Health, Heidelberg University, Germany
  • Sana Contractor, Research manager, Center for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ), India
  • Faraz Khalid, Health Financing Consultant, Prime Minister National Health Insurance Program, Pakistan
  • Veena Sriram, PhD candidate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA
  • Arshima Arshima, PhD student, Sociation for Action on Health, Education and Environment, Bihar, India
  • Eleanor Beth Whyle, Researcher, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Charles Ssemugabo, Research associate, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda
  • Juliet Aweko, PhD student, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  • Anns Issac, Research associate, Public Health Foundation of India
  • Dolorosa Duncan Gitagno, Regional programme manager, Pathfinder International, Tanzania
  • Robinson Njoroge Karuga, PhD research fellow, Liverpool VCT Care and Treatment (LVCT), Kenya
  • Valerie Gilbert Ulep, PhD student, McMaster University, Philippines
  • Deepika Saluja, Doctoral student, Indian Institute of Management, India
  • Alemayehu Desalegne Hailu, Lecturer and Phd fellow, Addis Ababa University, School of Public Health, Ethiopia
  • Nimali Dhanusha Waidyaratna Widanapathirana, Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka
  • Yassine Kalboussi, Research fellow, National Public Health Institute, Tunisia
  • Esteban Augusto Londono Agudelo, Researcher, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium
  • Shahabuddin ASM, PhD candidate, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium
  • Joel Arthur Kiendrebeogo, Research fellow, Centre MURAZ Research Institute, Burkina Faso
  • Joseph Nii Otoe Dodoo, Ag Deputy Head, Policy, Ministry of Health, Ghana
  • Romelei Camiling, MPH student, Institute of Tropical Medicine from Philippines
  • Andre Janse van Rensburg, Researcher, University of the Free State, South Africa
  • Isabel Kazanga, Lecturer, College of Medicine, University of Malawi, Malawi
  • Sreytouch Vong, Researcher, Research in Gender and Ethics (RinGs), Cambodia
  • Angelica Nurian Ullauri Trivino, Public health researcher, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Manoj Kumar Pati, Research officer, Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru, India
  • Hoa Thi Nguyen, PhD student, Institute of Public Health, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • Xin Wang, PhD candidate, Shandong University, China
  • Felipe Sere, Belgian Development Agency from Peru
  • Goran Abdulla Sabir Zangana, Research fellow, Middle East Research Institute & Zulfa Mahmood Abdullah, Head of health committee, Kurdistan Parliament from Iraq
  • Nehal Jain, Regional director, Foundation for Research in Health Systems & Nischith V D, Deputy Secretary to Government of Karnataka from India
  • Katilyn Wilkins, Financial coordinator & Roopa Dhatt, Initiative director & co-founder, Women in Global Health, United States of America
  • Kuassi Virgil Lokossou, Research assistant, West African Health Organisation (WAHO), Burkina Faso
  • Beibei Yuan, Lecturer, Peking University China Center for Health Development Studies, China
  • Laura Dean, Research assistant/PhD student, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
  • Nondumiso Beauty Queeneth Ncube, PhD student, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
  • Sumedha Sharma, Researcher, University of British Columbia, Canada

Emerging Voices 2016 track

The EV4GH program is managed by an internationally representative governance committee consisting of EV alumni elected by previous EV4GH participants. EV4GH works closely with the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research(Vancouver Symposium) Executive Committee and with Health Systems Global and shall create opportunities for, and support, young health researchers, decision makers and professionals to stage their work at the Vancouver Symposium.


To support the EV4GH 2016 track an Emerging Voices consortium was established:

The Institute of Public Health (IPH- Bangalore), India
The Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp (ITM), Belgium
The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), India
The University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa
University of the Western Cape (UWC), Cape Town, South Africa
Peking University Health Science Center (PUHSC), Beijing, China

EV secretariat

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru


I work at the institute of public health in Bengaluru. I am health systems research working on various topics related to strengthening health systems . I went to the emerging voices training program in the year 2010. Program has enormously help me with trying to find a balance between focussing on rigorous research as well as trying to see that the research gets into impact. This year in November 2016 the emerging voices of global health is going to be welcoming a fresh batch of young researchers who will pass through the EV training program.


Prashanth N S

I work at the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp. I have been involved in the EV 2012. I mainly focusses emerging voices on social media, communication and how to make their presentation look more visually appealing and engaging. I also have been involved in the distance learning phase of the program and it is nice to get them with the EV's in advance and watch its progress. I think to be an EV is also great fun I see that they form friendships and the broader network which are also essential parts over the EV experiences.


Ildiko Bokros

I was an Emerging Voice for Global Health in 2014. The program enabled me to gain a strong understanding of the macro-level trends, debates, and discussions in health systems research. Being a part of the EV network has given me an opportunity to collaborate with alumni and encouraged me to become a more active blogger and more effective communicator.


Kerry Scott

Being an EV has provided the platform to be a changemaker speak my mind right and engage differently the opportunities extend beyond the program and had described such opportunity has been critical for one's Korea in health systems research from one young researcher to another.


Shakira Choonara

Inspired set of mentors, a great family, the best platform to raise your voice, share ideas and learning from others - this is what being an EV has meant to me. It empowers us to take on the most important health challenges of today and the future.


Erlyn Macarayan

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