Producer/Host: Abbie Strout
Issue: Social and political issues that impact our sexual and reproductive health produced by WERU in collaboration with Mabel Wadsworth Center – www.mabelwadsworth.org.
Program Topic: The Landscape of Reproductive Health in Ghana with Midwife, Victoria Yeboah
Key Discussion Points:
In this episode, we had the opportunity to interview Victoria Yeboah, a young African leader with the Mandela Washington Fellowship.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. It started in 2014 and this year, the Fellowship has provided 1,000 young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. college or university with support for professional development after they return home.
The Fellows range in age from 25 to 35 and have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries. The Fellows represent a diverse group of leaders from 48 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa and 50 percent of Fellows are women. Each fellow is connected with a local leader or organization for mentorship during the program. We had the privilege of being paired with Victoria Yeboah, a midwife and NGO leader who provides sexual and reproductive health education in Wenchi, a rural town in Ghana.
In our “Ask Mabel” segment, Terry Marley-DeRosier, WHNP answers a very common question about bodies after childbirth.
Victoria Yeboah, Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
Terry Marley DeRosier, WHNP Mabel Wadsworth Center