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Kofi Annan 2021-2022 Global Health Leadership Program

The African Union Commission launched the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) – Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Program in partnership with the Kofi Annan Foundation, following its approval by the Governing Board of Africa CDC in March 2018.

The aim is to support aspirational Public Health Leaders (Fellows) from Africa in acquiring advanced skills and competencies to strategize, manage and lead public health programs that will transform public health in Africa. Fellows admitted in the program will be senior public health professionals from African Union Member States who will contribute to and lead the implementation of a new public health order for Africa, and in turn mentor and develop the next generation of public health leaders for the continent.

Fellows admitted in the programme will be senior public health professionals from African Union Member States who will contribute to and lead the implementation of a new public health order for Africa, and in turn mentor and develop the next generation of public health leaders for the continent.The first cohort of the Fellowship programme was launched on 7th April 2021 and consisted of a total of 20 fellows from 14 countries. The programme is now open and accepting applications for the second cohort, scheduled to commence in May of 2022.

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About African Union

The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent. It was officially launched in 2002 as a successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU, 1963-1999). The main objectives of the OAU were to rid the continent of the remaining vestiges of colonisation and apartheid; to promote unity and solidarity amongst African States; to coordinate and intensify cooperation for development; to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Member States and to promote international cooperation... read more


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Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Program


Aim and Benefits of Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Program

  • Africa CDC will provide all learning and development materials and meet all costs associated with the fellowship, including travel, daily allowance and insurance during the residential placements.
  • Fellows will be supported to ensure that they have the relevant software for online learning.

Requirements for Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Program Qualification

  • Be citizens of an African Union Member State;
  • Possess a postgraduate degree in a relevant field in public health;
  • Have relevant professional experience in any field of public health, including but not limited to one health, medicine, finance, health economics, health policy, animal health, or environmental health;
  • Be in full-time employment in any area of public health, in a private or public institution in Africa;
  • Have a good track record or be able to demonstrate the potential for effective public health leadership where they can positively impact the public health outcomes of populations.

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Documents Required for Application

  • A support letter from the current employer to confirm employment, guaranteeing that the candidate will be allowed enough time to participate in the Fellowship program and to attend the full eight weeks of institutional residential experience.
  • Letters of recommendation from two reputable professional referees.
  • A personal statement (maximum 400 words) providing evidence of the candidate’s commitment to public health in Africa detailing the following:
    • Their leadership experience and professional attainment
    • Their vision of, and the future impact of effective public health leadership in Africa
    • How they would champion public health initiatives in Africa
  • A leadership challenge project proposal (maximum 400 words) that outlines a potential leadership challenge project they will implement. The proposal should include a title, brief description of the challenge (the what, the who is affected, and the why), a proposed strategy for a solution, and the expected outcome.


Application Deadline

December 31, 2021


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to African Union on learn.au.int to apply

For more details,visit Kofi Annan website



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