Hello, am Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi a medical doctor and gender & human rights consultant. I am currently a manager with the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP), a peace building programme managed by the British Council and funded by UK aid. I am vying for the position of International President-Elect of Medical Women's International Association (MWIA).
For my full profile, visit HERE
For my flyer and Manifesto, visit HERE
You are welcome to ask me questions by posting it in the comment section below. I will do my best to answer your questions on Wednesday, 11th May 2016 at 2pm.
1. What are the potential benefits to Africa if you are elected?
2. What relevant skills and experience have prepared you for holding the post you aspire to?
3. With the transition to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), what goals do you plan to focus on if elected and how will you accelerate progress towards the actualization of these goals?
Nigeria is currently one of highest contributors to MWIA. Nigeria contributes meaningfully through her technical expertise and numbers to MWIA
2. Africa region contributes negatively to health indices such as maternal mortality, HIV/ AIDS, TB,HTPs and this opportunity provides the channel for prioritising and addressing them
3. In the 100 year history of MWIA we have only had 2 presidents from Africa
4. This is the first time in the 100 year history of the Association, that Nigeria is presenting a candidate for International President -elect .
The following skills have prepared me:
Working through the ranks over 34 years
Serving of all MWIA committees
Serving as Finance chair
Leadership of other International Boards
Human rights activism and advocacy for 20 years
As a Change agent for women's rights
Initiator of the Women's Rights to Health Information ( WORTHI) campaign
Publishing and writing
All SDGs have an impact on health, however, I intend to prioritise and focus on the health related SDGs. These included the following goals:
1.Poverty - End poverty in all its forms everywhere
2.Food - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
3.Health - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
5.Women - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
6. Water - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
7. Energy - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and clean energy for all
10. Inequality - Reduce inequality within and among countries
13 Climate - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
The actualisation of these goals will depend on a large extent to the political will of Governments to deliver on their mandates and for civil society to create the appropriate demand. MWIA is best positioned to carry out strategic advocacy with Government and to galvanise civil society into monitoring and reporting.
1. How would you strengthen South-South cooperation with regards to Research and Development as well as Technology Transfer in Health if you become President of MWIA?
2. What would you do to get more meaningful participation in MWIA by young female doctors?
3. What strategies would you propose to get men involved in eliminating violence against women and girls?
Dr. Minnie Oseji
Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Asaba
1. I will strengthen South - South cooperation through learning from best practices and research findings in similar circumstances as well as promoting the use of eHealth technology; such as e- learning, medical virtual universities, telemedicine and other ICT applications
2. Young female doctors are at the centre of the future of MWIA and their meaningful participation is crucial. Mentoring will be the key approach, providing more opportunities for participation through presentations and committee positions. Information on Training and scholarship options will be widely circulated. Instituting a saving scheme for attendance to 3 yearly International congresses will ensure that young doctors can attend .
3. Male involvement in eliminating VAWG has been proven to be successful. I propose that MWIA embarks on Identifying and working with male champions for VAWG prevention and celebrating outstanding individuals.