Presenting at Global Diaspora Week at the US State Department


Moderated by Joseph Nwadiuko, the Executive Director of the Diaspora Health Network, the panel covered a wide variety of pathways of health systems strengthening, ranging from research, pharmaceutical capacity, humanitarian action and medical education.


The Panelists included: 

Dr. Neeraja Nagarajan, post-doctorate fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and DHN 's director of research, discussed how DHN is building research capacity in developing countries. 

Dr. Bisrat Hailemeskel, Associate Professor of Pharmacy at Howard University, discussed his efforts to teach and support Ethiopia's pharmaceutical capacity, supported by the American International Health Alliance. 

Dr. Aelaf Worku, Hospitalist Scholar at the University of Chicago, discussed his work at improving processes and educating trainees in Ethiopia, supported by the American International Health Alliance

Dr. Bijay Acharya, Patient Safety and Quality Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, discussed his ongoing work with the America Nepal Medical Foundation in rebuilding the country after its recent earthquake.

All the speakers agreed on one thing: diaspora led work can--and must--empower local partners to lead change in their home countries. 

The Office of Global Health Diplomacy (S/GHD) guides diplomatic efforts to advance the United States' global health mission to improve and save lives and foster sustainability through a shared global responsibility.