Global Health Corps
Count yourself lucky if you had a teacher who captured your imagination and germinated a lifelong love of learning. Or perhaps a first boss whose powerful approach to business has fueled every aspect of your future career. People like this can profoundly affect a young person, but not everyone is fortunate enough to receive this kind of support.
As part of an important HP volunteer program, talented HP employees are providing mentoring services to a group
of around 25 young people chosen to be Global Health Corps (GHC) Fellows. Global Health Corps is an organization that promotes global health equity by connecting outstanding young leaders worldwide with organizations working on the frontlines.
For a 12-month period, these young people work to help build the GHC movement for health equity. They spend their year with leading health organizations, working on projects such as implementing medical inventory systems and creating education and outreach programs. They emerge from their experience equipped with the skills and experience they will need to lead the way forward in global health.
HP volunteers serve as advisors to these next-generation leaders, using their experience, knowledge, and professional expertise to provide, as one volunteer describes it, “fresh perspectives, new ideas, and a useful sounding board”. HP employees are experts in many areas – IT and supply chain systems, engineering and design, finance and human resources, and much more – and through this program they can lend this expertise to increase access to healthcare for the world’s poor.
HP mentoring takes place on a virtual stage, by email and phone call, crossing time zones, borders, and cultures. Advisors from HP offices in 12 countries are each matched with a GHC Fellow according to that young person’s career path and project requirements.
Recently one GHC Fellow – Guy Ndyishimiye Baranshamaje of Burundi, central Africa – shared a publication that he helped to create during his year on the program with his HP mentor, Neta Tully, Director, HP EMEA Analyst and Press Relations. It is the first-ever bilingual annual report for PSI Burundi, the country-level operation of a non-profit global health organization. “No-one wants to read long, boring NGO reports!” says Guy, who was pleased to showcase his publication’s simple, colorful design.
Other countries where GHC Fellows are currently active include:
Malawi – helping to improve monitoring and evaluation systems for health workers who are striving to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission
Rwanda – assisting with analyzing supply chain data and forecast pharmaceutical/medical consumables
Uganda – helping to define and evaluate requirements for an e-learning platform for clinical training materials
United States – creating case management plans and illness prevention education strategies for homeless teens
The program has proved rewarding for HP employees too. It’s a valuable opportunity for them to contribute professional skills to strengthen communities, broaden their own professional development, and learn more about global health issues. “I particularly love the cross-fertilization of ideas between all these engagements and my ‘normal’ HP job in User Experience,” says Tony Stieber, Global IT.
With more than 300,000 HP employees in more than 170 countries, we have an incredible wealth of brainpower at the ready. Apply that same brainpower to helping address some of the world’s most critical health challenges, and we can make a tremendous difference for millions of people in need.