Ensuring Health for All

Donor-driven international interventions in global health have most often targeted specific diseases for treatment, prevention, and eradication. The lagging global campaign to eradicate polio serves as a case in example, in which enormous resources and effort has been expended to inoculate children in rural communities from this disease, while meanwhile other, more every day, diseases continue to ravage these communities— going largely unnoticed and untreated by international health workers. An alternative approach advanced by Future Generations graduates is to start with providing communities the training and means to treat and prevent the top ailments affecting their families, and build a community-based infrastructure for local health services.

  • Class of 2009 alumnus, Alex Vargas (of Peru) collaborated with staff at Future Generations Peru to study best practices for expanding access to health services. This research helped link rural
    households with volunteer community health agents in the face of often unreachable health clinics in Peru.

  • Class of 2005 alumnus, Bruce Mukwatu (of Zambia), had 20 years of experience leading community-based primary health projects by the time he was a student in the Master’s program. He worked as the Community Empowerment Manager with Health Communication Partnership, which initiated a nationwide community-based program covering almost 73 districts. In an effort to scale up previous successes in his country, Mukwatu initiated collaborative, community-based learning through the Zambia Academy for Community Change as his applied practicum project.