Around the world, Eisenhower Fellows are rolling up their sleeves and coming together to fight the coronavirus pandemic. We are hearing from them regularly in our EF virtual family chats, online discussions that allow us to check in with our Fellows in each region to see how they are dealing with this deadly crisis disrupting life across the globe.
Now you can check in with them, too, and see the critical work they are doing to take on Covid-19 in their home countries. Here are some inspiring examples of their leadership and their commitment to the values and mission of Eisenhower Fellowships. Eisenhower Fellows also have been busy writing and posting their reflections, experiences and suggestions in traditional and social media outlets around the world. You can read some of their thoughts here.
Eisenhower Fellow Jude Ilo, (Nigeria ’16), Country Officer and Head of the Nigeria Office of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa, is leading an effort that has provided support worth more than N165 million to strengthen Nigeria’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. In a document shared with the local news organization TheCable, Jude said the support was rendered through advocacy measures and making grants available to his organization’s partners, public institutions, the media and civil society groups. Read about his work here.
In Argentina, Dr. Carolina Carrillo, an Eisenhower Fellow in our 2015 Women’s Leadership Program, has helped lead the development of a new fast and inexpensive molecular diagnostic test for Covid-19 that the government recently approved for use. Carolina, a senior researcher at the César Milstein Institute for Science and Technology, is one of two leaders of the scientific project that developed a new low-cost, easy-to-use diagnostic kit for Covid-19 that indicates whether a person is infected with the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus in little more than an hour. The team of researchers led by Carolina and Dr. Adrian Vojnov was working on the development of a similar test for other diseases—at first, Chagas, Syphilis and others, more recently Zika, Chikingunya and Dengue--when the Covid-19 crisis began and they quickly shifted their focus towards the new pandemic. With the support of the Argentine Ministry of Science and Technology, this allowed them to develop the test in just 60 days. During development the test was validated with clinical samples and then evaluated by the National Administration of Drugs, Food and Medical Technology, which certified the test and granted marketing registration on May 15. The diagnostic kit is known as NEOKIT-COVID-19. Read the story of how they developed it here.
From Singapore to Argentina, the Netherlands to Sri Lanka, Indonesia to the Philippines, Eisenhower Fellows are engaging in virtual conferences to share information and take action in the face of the Covid pandemic. Watch the recordings of their online sessions and read more here.
In the Philippines, a number of Eisenhower Fellows are on the front lines of the battle against the pandemic. They are working to produce needed respirators, organizing charity concerts to aid COVID-19 patients, helping design new digital solutions for patients, donating disinfection units and leading webinars to educate the public on how to cope with the pandemic. You can read about them here.
In China, where the Covid-19 pandemic began, Eisenhower Fellows are engaged in a number of projects to mitigate its impact at home and help others around the world struggling with the crisis. They range from working with foreign teachers overseas to hosting online classes to designing transportation policies to facilitate travel amid the crisis. Eisenhower Fellows in China have donated thousands of masks and other Personal Protection Equipment to health care providers overseas and spearheaded the implementation of preventive measures credited with saving many lives in a number of cities and communities in China. You can read their stories here.
In Philadelphia, a group of Eisenhower USA Fellows are collaborating with EF Trustee Susan Sherman, Executive Director of the Independence Foundation, to help feed and provide health care for the needy. Deputy Mayor Cynthia Figueroa (USA '10), Philadelphia Foundation President Pedro Ramos (USA '00), Philadelphia Mural Arts Director Jane Golden (USA '03) and Sister Mary Scullion (USA '02), Founder, President and Executive Director of Project Home, have joined with the Independence Foundation, other Philly nonprofits and three local catering companies in “Step Up to the Plate,” an initiative to provide health-care services and more than 2,000 free meals per day to some of the city’s most vulnerable residents. Read about it here.
Eisenhower Fellow Quinn Bauriedel (USA ’16) Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Pig Iron Theatre Company in Philadelphia, worked with Fellows all over the world to produce a series of videos, titled How the World Moves, during the Covid pandemic. Watch here:
The capital markets industry in South Africa showed its support for the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Solidarity Fund, dealing with humanitarian issues arising from the Covid outbreak, by collectively donating fees derived across all asset classes traded on April 15 and 16. Eisenhower Fellow Lindelwa Farisani (South Africa ’16) is featured in this video highlighting the Trade4Solidarity campaign.
Nagesh Rao (USA ’16), Director of Business Technology Solutions & Geek in Residence at the U.S. Small Business Administration, is part of the SBA Covid-19 Leadership Response team and serves as the Administrator’s technical point of contact as his team builds out their digital products portfolio to help small businesses. The SBA wil be deploying $350 billion USD over the next few weeks as part of the $2 Trillion CARES Act stimulus package.
SreyRam Kuy (USA ’20), Deputy Chief Medical Officer, South Central VA Network, is collaborating with a group of other researchers about health care disparities in Covid-19 for vulnerable populations.
In Argentina, the Institute of International Security and Strategic Affairs, led by Director Julio A. Hang (Argentina ’88), has increased its virtual learning programs amid the Covid-19 crisis. Julio is teaching university classes through Zoom and Microsoft Team videoconferences.
John McGah (USA ’02), Senior Associate, America Institutes for Research, and his firm are examining practices around the U.S. addressing homelessness and Covid-19 to highlight for governors and local leaders.
Rabia Garib (Pakistan '07), Chief Wrapper at ToffeeTV, helps kids navigate Covid-19. Her videos are available in English and Urdu. Watch here.
Amid the coronavirus crisis, INJAZ, a youth-centered non-profit, has launched a free e-learning platform for university and college students in Jordan. Eisenhower Fellow Deema Bibi (Jordan ’08), CEO of INJAZ, said that the platform aims to provide programs for enhancing skills and abilities in the fields of entrepreneurship, community leadership, technical intelligence and life skills. Read about it here.
Alissa Wahid (Indonesia '15) leads the Gusdurian Network, one of Indonesia’s leading nonprofits combating radicalism and defending those who are discriminated against due to religious and minority suppression. She is partnering with other Indonesian NGOs and start-up companies to help those who have lost their livelihoods as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown. They will collect recipient data, buy staple foods and distribute them across Central and East Java through motorcycle taxis. The initial goal is to reach 100,000 people. The group seeks to help informal workers such as street vendors and performers, who rely on unpredictable daily incomes to survive. Read more here.
Shridhar Venkat (India '14), CEO of the Akshaya Patra Foundation, a nonprofit that feeds millions of impoverished Indian schoolchildren each day, teamed up with the national government of India, state governments and other civic organizations to provide relief materials, including cooked food and vegetable packages, to the needy. So far during the Covid crisis the foundation has served 350,000 meals mainly to migrant workers, as well as packing grocery boxes with supplies for up to 21 days. Watch the video here.
Leading the way to better healthcare through technology, Dr. Albert Chan (USA ‘17) the chief of digital patient experience at Sutter Health in San Francisco, brought together a team of experts to develop a successful video app allowing patients and doctors to communicate in the Bay Area. The platform went live on March 7 and has been booked solid ever since. You can read about it here.
Eisenhower Fellow John Della Volpe (USA ‘08) was among the American political analysts sought out by the Wall Street Journal for their views on how the U.S. government’s response to the Covid crisis might reshape the nation’s political landscape after the pandemic is over.
Sangeetha Madhu (India ’17), clinical psychologist at the Chennai Institute of Learning and Development, unveiled a new virtual leadership program with Diane Shoemaker, retired EF Senior Director of Global Network Affairs. The virtual program addresses the ways the global Covid-19 pandemic is affecting health, businesses and the ways people connect and work. The program also seeks to help people cope with the harsh new reality of the uncertainty and disruptions to daily life created by the pandemic.
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