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Empowering Change 
on the frontlines of health

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) operates as a network of private development agencies, covering a wide remit of sectors, including health and education, in some of the poorest countries in the world. AKDN is a Flagship Partner of the Trust and shares a long-term commitment of over 15 years to helping communities in the developing world improve local capacities in three critical areas: Nursing and Midwifery, Early Childhood Development, and Community Health Care.

AKDN has been a partner of the Secondment Program since 2014.
To date, 17 J&J secondees have or are currently taking part in a long-term secondment.

Creating continuity to sustain programs

In East Africa, nurses and midwives are the main providers of health services and the first point of access for most people seeking care, but they face a number of challenges from low pay and poor working conditions to very limited representation in government and policy making. Since 2014, the Secondment Program has helped to strengthen nursing and midwifery associations across East Africa through a continuation of role. To date, four secondees have worked with the Aga Khan University School of Nursing & Midwifery in East Africa, to further build on the collective impact generated by previous secondees and support the development and positioning of professional associations. This work will be continued in 2018 with a new secondee taking over the role.

“My goal was to continue to work with the Nurses and Midwifery Associations in East Africa on sustainability, to ensure they can support their members in the long term and achieve their objectives and mandate. Hopefully, this will positively impact health care in East Africa.”

Sara Leitao
Janssen Portugal, 2017 Secondment with the Aga Khan Development Network, East Africa

Professional nursing & midwifery associations are an important cornerstone in ensuring health systems quality. Each secondee has come with expert skills which combined with their extensive commitment to mentoring provides a very effective win/win model of sustainable capacity development. The Secondment Program has effectively strengthened the effectiveness and sustainability of our health capacity development.

Professor Sharon Brownie, Dean School of Nursing & Midwifery East Africa, Aga Khan University

Supporting nurse associations in Egypt
through the Secondment Program

See how J&J employee, Mohamed El Hady, made an impact to the nursing profession in Aswan, Egypt through his Secondment in 2016.

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Bringing positive change to those working on
the front lines of care

In 2016, Mariana Xavier from Janssen Portugal completed a six month Secondment with the Aga Khan University to strengthen midwifery and nursing associations in East Africa.

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Advancing employee leadership and
professional development

Vittorio Sereni piloted the Secondment Program in 2014 working with the AKDN in Kenya on an early childhood development social franchising model. His learnings helped him in his career progression and today he is Country Manager for Janssen Kenya.

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