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Making a Difference in Malawi and Zambia Through Health Education and Public Health Best Practices.

Abstract

A 2-year U.S. Department of State-funded project* was conducted with the purpose of engaging health professionals from Malawi and Zambia who are actively involved in health care and health education for marginalized populations to develop, implement, and evaluate health education and public health interventions/programs. Twenty-six health professionals from Malawi and Zambia, referred to as Global Health Fellows, participated in the 2-year program, of which the main training component was conducted in the United States. Fellows were exposed to health education and public health best practices and developed an action plan to address a health problem of concern in their respective communities/countries. After completion of the program, Fellows received $300 to implement their action plans. Teams of Americans involved in the training program participated in follow-up visits to Malawi and Zambia to observe real-time progress on Fellows' respective action plans. The project was successful in creating an educational experience focused on health education best practices as well as implementation of action plans to address selected health problems in Malawi and Zambia.

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