SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
Arinaitwe Mary Immaculate, Psychosocial Support Officer with WHO Uganda Arinaitwe is an experienced psychologist who has been practicing in mental health and psychosocial support for over four years. Following years of building her skills, she became a national UN Volunteer, aspiring to grow professionally and network with experts from various disciplines.
03 April 2023
East and Southern Africa
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SDG 3: Good health and well-being
Launched on International Women's Day 2023, AWHC phase two will span over the course of two years and recruit young women professionals between 22 and 35 years as UN Volunteer health champions across WHO Country Offices in Africa.  This solidifies WHO and UNV partnership further to improve health for people on the continent and expand opportunities for African health professionals. It's also an example of women's leadership in the health sector in Africa while promoting gender parity in the WHO workforce.   
09 March 2023
West and Central Africa
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SDG 3: Good health and well-being, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
Following the successful implementation of the first phase, the AWHC initiative continues its mission of placing young African women professionals aged between 22 and 35 years as UN Volunteer health champions across WHO Country Offices in Africa. Through the initiative, WHO-AFRO and UNV commit to improving health for people on the continent, expanding opportunities for African public health professionals, and nurturing the next generation of women health leaders in Africa, while contributing to gender parity for the WHO workforce.
08 March 2023
East and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa
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SDG 3: Good health and well-being
Joelma Pereira is an international UN Volunteer from Guinea Bissau. She is a Communications Officer with UNDP stationed with WHO in Mozambique. She takes pride in being a health champion, and documents key initiatives related to environmental health, climate change, and the misinformation about COVID-19 vaccinations. Joelma also oversees partnerships between WHO and different stakeholders in the health and humanitarian sector at WHO Regional Office for Africa. 
02 March 2023
West and Central Africa
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SDG 3: Good health and well-being, SDG 5: Gender equality, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
The event was attended by government officials and UN agency representatives, with 50 people participating in person and 79 online.  In his welcome address, Dr Ali Ahmed Yahaya spoke, representing the WHO Africa Regional Director. He commended the efforts and commitment of volunteers to achieve WHO's mandate and their involvement with communities to improve public health systems in Africa.
21 December 2022
East and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa
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SDG 3: Good health and well-being, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
A large part of being a volunteer is that you have ownership of your solutions – that's the story of Hajara Maimuna Idi, a community volunteer in Borno State, northeast Nigeria. Hajara lives in a settlement for internally displaced people, where she volunteers to persuade other residents, including those who are older or otherwise vulnerable, that the best course of action is to be vaccinated. As part of her community, she is able to win the trust of her peers and persuade many of them to visit the vaccination center to get protected against COVID-19. 
04 December 2022
West and Central Africa
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SDG 3: Good health and well-being, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
With a professional background in Marketing and Media, and a thesis on Health Communications, Minh Pham, a national UN Volunteer Junior Communications Officer with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Viet Nam. Just as the fourth wave of COVID-19 pandemic hit the country, the population was in need of a lot of information about many issues. Minh was sent to the most impoverished areas of the country to document the vaccination efforts of frontline medical workers.  The people, despite living in harsh conditions, were very approachable. 
09 November 2022
East and Southern Africa
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SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
From 19-22 September, Ms Kyoko Yokosuka, UNV Deputy Executive Coordinator, visited South Sudan to meet with partners and UN Volunteers serving in the country. Accompanied by Ms Lucy Ndungu, Regional Manager of the UNV Regional Office for East and Southern Africa, Ms Yokosuka met with representatives of several entities in South Sudan, including the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN Women, World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
09 October 2022
East and Southern Africa
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SDG 3: Good health and well-being, SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
Indonesia is a vast country with more than 17,000 islands. This geography makes for considerable logistical challenges for the COVID-19 recovery. COVID-19 vaccines must be managed under specific temperatures and distributed to the most vulnerable members of the public first. Thirteen UN Volunteers have been recruited by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) to serve as Health Officers. Their work impacts more than 200 million citizens and nearly 1.5 million healthcare workers across the nation.
15 August 2022
Asia and the Pacific
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SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
Oshan Gunathilake is a national UN Volunteer Specialist serving as Volunteer Management and Community Engagement Specialist with the project Youth Participation and Engagement for a Healthier, Equitable, Safer and United Sri Lanka. 
10 August 2022
Asia and the Pacific
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