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2018 Mandela Washington Fellows pose for a photo following a public event titled “Our Africa” at the Pyle Center. (Photo by UW-Madison / Meagan Doll)

4W-YALI Circle

Our Project

The 4W-YALI Circle emerged from the vision and leadership of Kalkidan Lakew, a 2018 UW-Madison Mandela Washington Fellow who returned in summer 2019 to help launch this network. This group consists of over 40 young scholars from across Africa, many of whom engaged with 4W during their Mandela Washington Fellowship at UW-Madison (2016 to current). The goal of this group is to foster gender equity and wellbeing and to provide peer support and leadership development. We engage regularly through online discussion via our 4W-YALI Facebook Group, as well as monthly webinars in which YALI fellows and 4W leaders rotate in sharing their work. PDFs, PowerPoints, and recordings from each webinar will be made available to the public soon.

4W-YALI Circle Webinar Series

Please stay tuned for updates, and email 4w@sohe.wisc.edu if you are interested in attending one of these webinars!

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June - Whose Stories Will We Hear - Mpho Seipubi, 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow and Kathi Seiden-Thomas, Madison Community Member

Whose Stories Will We Hear
Friday, June 25th, 9:00-10:30am CST
Zoom link: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/9069479801 

Mpho Seipubi, 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow and Kathi Seiden-Thomas, Madison Community Member, will discuss “Whose Stories Will We Hear,” the project they co-created to provide a platform for Africans to tell their own stories and be at the forefront of how history views Africa and its people. They will be joined by Gail Maluga and Lily Mugane, two women whose stories are published on the project’s website.

woman leans against table smilingRecognized by the Mail & Guardian as one of 2020’s Top 200 Young South Africans, Mpho Seipubi has over 7 years of experience in the public sector in South Africa and international experience that includes the YALI RLC Southern Africa, the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and project-based work in Lesotho.

woman with blue shirt smilingKathi Seiden-Thomas is a strategic partnership specialist with over twenty years of experience co-creating with multi-sector partners in the areas of health and wellness, racial justice, education, women’s rights, and community development in the U.S. and throughout the world.

woman in green blazer with short hair smilingGail Maluga (South Africa) is the founder of Girl with a Purpose Foundation, a non-profit that supports young women by providing skills, training and mentorship. Gail also runs a publication and image consultation company.

woman with braids and black hair smilingLily Mugane (Kenya) is a homeschooling mother of three, engineer and volunteer leader of T21 Families Support Organisation, which empowers people living with Down Syndrome and their families.

July - An Introspective Conversation Towards Empowerment - Rose Mary Nakame, 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow

 An Introspective Conversation Towards Empowerment – Rose Mary Nakame
Friday, July 23rd, 9:00-10:00am CST
Zoom link: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/93471045084

Rose Mary Nakame is a multi-award winning public health specialist with a special bias in pro-poor health and gender programming that can lead to sustainable development and improvement in the quality of life. This bias arises from a lived and professional experience serving the poorest that has enabled her to understand first-hand the bottlenecks faced by women and girls living in those conditions in daring or striving to attain one’s full potential, a dignified and productive life. It is this unique experience that she brings to all her work.

She is the founder and executive director of REMI East Africa, a health equity organization that works to increase access to quality health care by influencing health policies, implementing innovative approaches that strengthen the health system and address the social determinants of health to create long-lasting impact among the poorest of the poor. Rose has over 10 years of experience in reproductive health ranging from improving clinical outcomes to evidence-based population approaches that lead to social change, including public health programming, policy, and advocacy. She is well traveled and able to work with professionals of diverse backgrounds; race, religion, ethnicity and gender. She is mentor at UNICEF-DUKE University accelerator for East African social innovators and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, training in Advanced Nursing Care from Lapin AMK, Finland, and an Equity & Merit scholar – Master in Public Health from the University of Manchester, UK.

August - Access to Maternal and Reproductive Health Services: Implications for Universal Health Coverage in Low and Middle Income Countries - Dr. Francis Ayomoh, 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow

Access to Maternal and Reproductive Health Services:
Implications for Universal Health Coverage in Low and Middle Income Countries

Dr. Francis Ayomoh, 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow | Friday, August 27th, 12:30-1:30pm CST / 5:30-6:30pm GMT

man in suit smilingDr. Francis Ayomoh is a Senior Medical Officer and Health Economist working with the Federal Ministry of Health in Nigeria. He has several years’ experience in implementing programmes and interventions focused on Health Systems and Policy and has provided technical assistance to different African countries on Healthcare Financing and Health System Strengthening. He is passionate about Universal Health Coverage and Primary Health Care and is a champion for maternal, sexual, and reproductive health.

He is a Mandela Washington Fellow, Commonwealth Scholar and member of the 4W-YALI Circle at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Francis is a recipient of the prestigious Presidents NYSC Honours Award from the Federal Government of Nigeria and a Fellow of the Cumberland Lodge FoRB Emerging International Leaders Programme. He has a certificate in Leadership and Management in Health from the University of Washington.

Francis has a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Jos and received the Tony Elumelu Foundation Legacy Prize for  Excellence in Medicine. He holds a master’s degree (distinction) in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing jointly awarded by the London School of Economics and Political Science and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He recently commenced a DPhil in Primary Health Care at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford. His DPhil research is aimed at improving task-shifting for essential healthcare services in Nigeria and will mainly focus on maternal health services.