About me and my PULSE Assignment …
Doctor in Public Health, I’m Health Economics and Outcomes Research Project Manager at GSK France. I set up strategic plans for the data generation, design and coordinate epidemiologic and economic studies and make these data available for the market access of Oncology products and for the scientific community through publications and congress communications.
Prior to joining GSK, I have performed my internships for my Masters’ degrees as public health research associate in a public hospital (2009) and as research associate for an international research program in HIV based in Mali and Benin during five months (2007).
PULSE is a great opportunity to share my skills in terms of project management and my expertise in public health with UNICEF and to make it relevant for the objectives that my NGO partners is targeting. PULSE is also an opportunity for me to think and work differently by going out of my comfort zone.
Curious by nature, I’m passionate by the discovery of new cultures. Each new destination is an opportunity for me to explore and know more about what surrounds us.
About my NGO partner and the situation in DRC
UNICEF is an intergovernmental organization linked to the United Nations and dedicated to advocacy and health of children in the world. Very active in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), UNICEF DRC is supporting the Ministry of Health in its effort to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality and accelerate progresses towards Millennium Development Goals 4 & 5, with the ambitious goal to save the life of 430,000 children under five and of 7,900 mothers in DRC by 2015.
To achieve this goal, UNICEF is supporting innovative approaches such as the family kits (essential drugs, nutritional supplements, other basic commodities) given to mothers and to the health centers. Several health zones of Southern DRC have been targeted for the pilot and scale up phases.
The challenge is to improve Health program monitoring and evaluation and operational research’s on health and nutrition including HIV at provincial and zonal levels.
About my PULSE assignment
As part of my assignment, I will be supporting UNICEF to evaluate and analyze performances of the Child Survival Program in the three provinces (Katanga, Kasai Occidental and Kasai Oriental) of Southern DRC and develop a Monitoring & Evaluation plan/strategy to achieve specifically assigned objectives of the program and to design data collection tools, methodologies and documentation of evaluation and research plan for Health and Nutrition program. I will work in DRC for 6 months based in Lubumbashi with frequent travels to Kananga.
About the Millennium Development Goals
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were developed out the 8 chapters of the United Nations Millennium Declaration signed in September 2000.
The 8 goals includes :
1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2. Achieve universal primary education
3. Promote gender equality and empower women
4. Reduce child mortality
5. Improve maternal health
6. Combat HIV/AIDs, malaria, and other diseases
7. Ensure environmental sustainability
8. Develop a global partnership for development
My assignment with UNICEF is dedicated to contribute in achieving Goals 4 and 5.
Laure Benjamin, PULSE 2014, Volunteer at UNICEF, Democratic Republic of Congo