11 health professionals from Egypt and Morocco arrived this week in Washington D.C. for the start of Legacy’s Community Health Initiative Program.  Through trainings in Washington, D.C. and 10-day fellowships in the Carilion Clinic network in Roanoke, Virginia, this program provides North African professionals with public health strategies and media utilization techniques for educating women and children in such topics as reproductive health, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation.

CHI Fellows Hanane Belhaj (right, from Morocco) and Elia Fares Anees Boles (center, from Egypt), listen to a presentation during the Department of State Professional Fellows

Delegates are community leaders and professionals positioned to effect positive change in the health of their communities, including:  doctors, nurses, public health officials, medics, and/or midwives, as well as health-focused community leaders, activists, educators, NGO or charity group workers, and media specialist.

[Pictures are from the delegation’s first week in Washington, D.C.]

Sarah Yousri (Egypt) and Aicha El Ouazzani Tuhami (Morocco)

Sondous Hassounah, Egypt, and Mitra Rash, Legacy International Program Director

North African Community Health Initiative fellows enjoy some free time in Washington, DC on the national mall. From left to right, Aicha El Ouazani Tuhami (Morocco), Sarah Yousri (Egypt), and Hanane Belhaj (Morocco).

Tom Johnston and Mary Samir (Egypt) at the Professional Fellows Congress reception at the Ben Franklin Room, U.S. Department of State.

Former Congressman Jim Slattery addresses the Professional Fellows Congress.

Ahmed Helmy Said and Mary Samir, (Egypt), participate in the North African Community Health Initiative Professional Fellows Congress.

Mary Samir of Egypt dodges a spring shower at the U.S. Dept. of State before the reception at the Ben Franklin room.