Peoples-uni works as a result of the efforts of our students and our volunteers. We're keen to introduce our readers to our volunteers and our students and with that in mind, we'll be running occasional interviews.Tonight's interview is with Uday Narayan Yadav who works at HealthCom Global Network Foundation in Roermond, The Netherlands.
Hello Uday, thank you for your time. Would you like to tell us a bit more about HealthCom Global Network and how you got started?
The “HealthCom Global Network” Foundation is a non-‐governmental organization committed to promoting the health status and well-‐being of individuals living in low and middle income countries through the assurance of accessible health care providers and resources, and by improving institutional, economical, socio-‐cultural and environmental determinants of health.
Operating from both a grass-‐root and sector-‐wide level and through a combined bottom-‐up and top-‐down approach, HealthCom Global Network aims to address the needs of local communities with a mix of horizontal and vertical programs for gaps in health care systems and the health needs of communities and populations targeted by our and our partners in health evidence-‐ based research. Next to offering our services as an evidence-‐based, knowledge and technical expertise sharing and executing platform, we offer ample research opportunities within the operations of our NGO. Making use of partnerships with other NGOs, universities and the corporate sector, we create global health networks which can address gaps in health care systems in low and middle income countries world-‐wide, hereby structurally improving the quality of life for communities and nations world-‐wide.
Who are your colleagues?
We started the NGO as a group of friends, who all believe in the same cause, mission, vision and values. I think since we share the same common goal, we keep each other motivated. My colleagues are young, motivated and determined to make a change. A very diversified and skilled group, with innovative minds collectively working in a team makes our NGO a nice place to work. We operate through a combination of a hierarchal and team orientated organizational structure, which allows for a friendly and informal atmosphere within our NGO. Our backgrounds vary from medical, public and global health, to IT and management. Each member has a unique contribution to our team and I must say we all are willing to listen and learn from each other.
How is your organisation financed?
We have a mixed financing system. We are dependent on donations and funding from funding institutions but also implement projects based on social entrepreneurship, which allows sustainable development. Funding is hard to get in the contemporary NGO environment, and building up a global network of partners is one of our prime objectives.
What do you think are the most pressing topics in Public Health?
Our NGO believes a state of physical, mental and social well-‐being to be the accumulation of enabling building blocks of communities, which allow individuals, families and communities to exert some control over their direct and indirect environment. Every human being has the right to good health. Unfortunately in low and middle income countries, a lot of the basic building blocks of a health system are not present or not solid enough to sustain development towards an environment which allows good health of individuals, families and communities. Issues such as poverty, unemployment, social injustice, gender inequality but also weak healthcare systems threaten the livelihood and health of people. Dynamic, multi-‐layered processes such as stigmatization of mental health or HIV/AIDS for example, put burdens on individuals, families and communities, which threaten the socio-‐economic stability of those involved. But also the lack of education, poor literacy levels, urbanization and pollution are urgent matters that need to be addressed to create a solid foundation for communities to develop themselves. Public Health should be providing sustainable solutions for all matters directly or indirectly influencing the health of local, regional and national society.
Where do you see HealthCom in 5 years time?
I hope to see continuous growth of our operations. We believe we have the skills and the knowledge to improve public and global health around the world. Our main target populations are in Asia and Africa. We hope through our social entrepreneurship programs to become self-‐ sustainable and less reliant on grants and donations. Through our network, I hope we can contribute to the global effort of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and become an integral part of a global movement towards generating social impact to the benefit of vulnerable, marginalized and isolated communities which carry the burden of globalization the most.
Thank you for your time, we wish all the best for the future!