Published: 2021-04-23 15:23 | Updated: 2021-08-11 14:11

Continued funding from SI for training programmes supporting the 2030 Agenda

Karolinska Institutet has been granted renewed funding from the Swedish Institute (SI) to implement two capacity building training programmes for professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa. The training programmes will be offered online during 2021 - 2022.

Capacity building contributing to innovation and the 2030 Agenda

The training programmes are a part of the SI Public Sector Innovation Programme which aims to strengthen the capacity of professionals to contribute to innovation in the public sector and support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. The renewed funding means that the previously granted projects can be extended for another year.

The Department of Global Public Health manages one programme while the other is managed by the Department of Women's and Children's Health. Both are developed and managed in partnership with universities in Sub-Saharan Africa and are part of the virtual Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health. Their common focus is leadership and innovation and developing smart welfare services.

Dr Charles Batte. Photo: N/A

Tools, networks and cooperation on multiple levels

The programme run by the Department of Global Public Health is called “Managing Innovation Sustainable Health” and targets professionals in the Democratic republic of Congo, Uganda and Somalia. The development of the training has been a partnership with innovation specialists Tinkr and universities in these countries.

“We have managed to set up a programme together where the participants have learnt practical ways to drive innovation for sustainable health in their local contexts. At the same time the participants have built strong networks in the region that I believe will last also after the programme,” says Dr. Charles Batte, project team coordinator from Makerere University in Uganda.

Helena Lindgren. Photo: N/A

The training programme run by the Department of Women's and Children's Health is called "Capacity building programme for public health officials in maternal and child health in Ethiopia, Kenya and Malawi" and targets officials in government institutions, primarily with a background in nursing and midwifery.

“We are very happy to be able to offer this programme again. It provides practical ways for health care professionals to address poor indicators in maternal, newborn and child health. The course also emphasizes how to empower midwives to work confidently, hand in hand, with the other specialist health care professionals”, explains Helena Lindgren, course leader and associate professor at the Department of Women's and Children's Health.

About SI Public Sector Innovation Programme  

The programmes are funded by the Swedish Institute and are part of the SI Public Sector Innovation Programme, in which universities and colleges provide training programmes for public sector employees as well as  elected representatives from more than twenty countries. The purpose is to strengthen the capacity of professionals to contribute to innovation in the public sector and support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.