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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 Partner of the Trust and shares a long-term commitment of over 16 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.
By end of 2019, 21 J&J secondees will have taken part in a long-term secondment with AKDN. 

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, five 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. 

“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, Former Dean School of Nursing & Midwifery East Africa, Aga Khan University

Opening Doors to Life-long Learning
By Ramiz Allafi

I began working for Johnson & Johnson five years ago. During this time, I have always wondered about the extent of our Company’s corporate social responsibility footprint, and how I could contribute to our impact around the world.

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“What is a J&J Secondment and how does it work?”
By Alice Cortivo

I get a lot of questions whenever I mention that I am working for an international NGO but am still an employee of Johnson & Johnson.
“How could this unusual combination be possible?” “How does it work?” “How does every party involved benefit from it?”

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Supporting nursing associations in East Africa through the Trust Secondment Program

In 2016, Mariana Xavier from Janssen Portugal was seconded for six months to the Aga Khan University in East Africa to help strengthen nursing and midwifery associations in the region. Watch her experience. We welcome your feedback.

Watch this video to learn more