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Managing innovation for sustainable health – Training programme for professionals in DRC, Somalia and Uganda

Do you want to strengthen your ability as a manager to ensure good health and well-being by working with a more holistic, evidence-based, collaborative and innovative approach? Are you based in Uganda, Somalia or The Democratic Republic of the Congo? Join Managing innovation for sustainable health – A training programme for professionals in DRC, Somalia or Uganda.

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What is the aim of the programme?

Based on the 2030 Agenda, the aim of the programme is for participants to develop capacity to work successfully across sectors, using an innovative approach to strengthen both preventive and curative health care in DRC, Somalia and Uganda. 

Topics include:

Agenda 2030 and sustainable health in fragile settings

  • What is sustainable health and what are the ways of getting there? Globally, regionally and nationally – in collaboration.
  • How is health delivered today and what can be improved?-

Innovation and innovation management

  • What is innovation really, why is it important and how can it be a useful tool? Innovation management – how to facilitate innovation in your organisation and projects?

Multisectoral collaboration and implementation science

  • How to systematically close the gap between what we know and what we do? How to utilize proven health interventions and evidence-based practices by choosing the right implementation strategies

Who should join this programme?

Managers representing stakeholders, in particular the public sector, crucial to the delivery and improvement of the health care system in DRC, Somalia and Uganda. 5-7 participants from each country will be selected.

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  • Policy makers and civil servants from public sector organisations on national, regional and local levels are especially encouraged to apply
  • Managers representing civil society organisations, or private sector organisations (e.g. NGOs or privately-run universities and hospitals) crucial to the effective delivery of health care services

The programme will select a diverse group of participants with regards to gender, age, background (professional and personal) and roles and responsibilities as one of the aims is to learn from each other.

How will the programme be delivered?

The programme is developed by the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health (CESH), a collaboration between Karolinska Institutet, Makerere University and other African academic partners and led by Karolinska Institutet, in collaboration with Makerere University, Benadir University, University of Kinshasa School of Public Health and Tinkr. The programme is being carried out with financial support from the Swedish Institute.

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The programme is organized in three modules and will mainly run online. There will be a combination of webinars, lectures, interactive workshops as well as mentoring, and individual and team-based innovation projects addressing concrete challenges – relevant to your institution. If the situation allows physical meetings and study visits in respective country will be facilitated.

The programme will be held in English and delivered on approx. 20 % speed requiring all participants to use 5-10 h/week in total, including tasks relevant to your role and organization.

The programme is based on the latest research and best practice delivered by academics and professionals from partnering institutions. It builds on both existing and new elements but combined in a novel way. We want to co-create this new way of learning and collaborating globally with the participants.

Why take this programme?

The Covid-19 pandemic has once again shown us that we need a holistic approach to the delivery of health — highlighting the need for innovation, multisectoral collaboration and the ability to adapt. This requires new ways of working, and to strengthen the way we manage and organize our operations in and around the health care sector.

We want to support you in your role by strengthening the ability to work systematically, collaboratively, innovatively, using the evidence towards achieving the 2030 Agenda – by addressing the challenges facing managers and organisations. The programme will strengthen your ability for more strategic decision-making in regard to SDG3, bridge the gap between what we know and effective action, to lead and facilitate innovation projects, as well as meet the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities that lie in multisectoral collaboration. This in order to increase the impact and value of your efforts – in collaboration with others.

When completing the programme, you will receive a certificate and become part of an international network of academics and practitioners representing a wide range of stakeholders working towards sustainable health.


July 2020 – June 2021. Introduction meeting on July 30. Program starts in September.


The programme is free of charge as it is being carried out with financial support from the Swedish Institute.

How to apply – deadline July 10

To apply, fill out the application form found here.

Last day to apply is July 10, 2020.  As number of spots is limited, make sure to apply early.

Apply by filling out the questions in the application form, submitting a CV, Letter of motivation and get approval from your employer. 

Some of the criteria below will be used for selecting the most suitable participants

  • Target group and strategic fit (Organization represented – delivery and development of the health care system)
  • Role: Management level position and responsibility, relevance of the role to sustainable health
  • Relevance background and motivation for applying
  • How you might be able to utilize the experience and network after the program
  • English proficiency – program will be held in English so all participants need sufficient English proficiency to follow the course
  • The program will seek to select a diverse group of participants with regards to gender, age, background (professional and personal) and roles/responsibility
  • Support from the employee organization is a requirement for joining

Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health (CESH)

The program builds on the newly initiated Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health (CESH), a collaboration between Karolinska Institutet (KI), Makerere University (Mak) and other African academic partners such as Benadir University in Mogadishu, Somalia, and University of Kinshasa School of Public Health (KSPH) in DRC, which aims to address the complex health challenges of today and tomorrow as situated within the broader 2030 Agenda.

The activities of the training programme are designed to promote the establishment of strong networks across sectors and nations connecting the participants also to the CESH network.

For more information about the application process, please contact:

Susanna Sjunneryd

Project coordinator

For information about programme content, please contact:

Karin Båge

Project coordinator

For questions regarding programme management, please contact:

Charles Batte

Project coordinator