Rosalind McCollum, 29 September 2014

Joining the Emerging Voices for Global Health 2014 professional development programme over the last five months has provided me the opportunity to build skills online through discussion forums and preparation of presentations and posters.

Coming together with the other emerging voices this week means we have been able to get to know the ‘person behind the presentation’, to be able to discuss our research interests together, along with benefiting from training on a range of topics, learning about the South African health system though field visits and receiving peer and facilitator feedback to develop our presentations and posters for the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

I have enjoyed being able to learn more about the similarities and differences within the different contexts where we work.  For example, during group discussions about knowledge translation we learnt how approaches differ vastly from one country to another, as accepted knowledge management approaches within one setting, such as working with advocacy groups and the media, may in fact have the reverse effect in a different setting by alienating key stakeholders or government stakeholders. 

As the face-to-face training part of the emerging voices programme draws to a close and we prepare to present our research at the pre-conference and at the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research I am looking forward to sharing some of REACHOUT’s research findings from the context analysis in Kenya and to continue to learn more from other researchers who are passionate about global health.

Should you be attending the Symposium in Cape Town this week, I would enjoy being able to share more in person during the poster session on 3rd October 11:00 – 11:30am in the Conservatory.

Hope to see you there!

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