Announcing fellowship opportunity for PLWNCDI advocates interested in equity

Author: NCD Synergies team
March 10, 2021

This week, the NCD Synergies project at Partners In Health has collaborated with the NCDI Poverty Network to launch an exciting new initiative: the Voices of NCDI Poverty Fellowship.

The Voices of NCDI Poverty Fellowship is an 18-month paid opportunity (June 2021-December 2022) for three advocates who are people living with non-communicable diseases and injuries (PLWNCDIs) to help influence a call to action and growing social movement around one of the world’s biggest and most neglected health disparities: non-communicable diseases and injuries (NCDIs) that kill and disable millions of people in the poorest countries.

Through the fellowship, fellows will co-develop and implement advocacy projects and strategy, in close collaboration with the larger NCDI Poverty Network. Fellows will also be named to the Steering Committee of the NCDI Poverty Network and will have a voting role in the governance of the Network, as well as be provided individual mentorship and peer-to-peer support throughout.

Check out the opportunity and application requirements here! The application can be submitted online or via PDF. The deadline to apply is Friday 26 March at 11:59 pm EDT.

Please also see attached a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet for more information on the program.

Dr. Mahret Mandefro sits with Zeritu Assefa, Lidetu Gebeyas and Tigist Gebeyas after filming their experiences of living with type 1 diabetes and epilepsy in Ethiopia.

The Voices of NCDI Poverty Fellowship is an initiative that is rooted in an overarching goal of the Lancet Commission on Reframing NCDs and Injuries for the Poorest Billion (NCDI Poverty Commission) to more fully address and prioritize the needs of communities living with severe, chronic NCDs and injuries in low-income countries. This has included a videography project to share the stories of people living with NCDs and injuries in settings of extreme poverty. We have also collaborated with youth and PLWNCDI leaders, National NCDI Poverty Commissions, and other civil society partners to advocate for equity in the global NCDI agenda and in achieving universal health coverage – particularly around proven, integrated care delivery solutions like PEN-Plus that would greatly increase access to quality care for those that need it most. 

We have been inspired by the commitment of a growing community of PLWNCDI advocates over the years, and have developed this program to be a more structured home for collaborative advocacy efforts focused on reaching the most marginalized across the full spectrum of the NCDI burden — led by those most impacted.

We invite you to join us! We look forward to working with Fellows to help us shape the vision and reach of the NCDI Poverty Network. Please share with your networks or reach out to our team with any questions.