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Forum’s Latest Queen Elizabeth Scholars in Strengthening Health and Social Systems

May 28, 2019 |

The McMaster Health Forum is pleased to announce four new recipients of our Queen Elizabeth Scholarship: Abeer Ahmad, Peter Belesiotis, Kartik Sharma and Clémence Ongolo Zogo.

Abeer will be spending the summer in Beirut (Lebanon) to undertake an internship with one of the McMaster Health Forum’s key partners: Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center at the American University of Beirut (Lebanon). Under the supervision of Dr. Fadi El-Jardali she will learn the processes and procedures K2P uses to inform policy.

Peter Belesiotis and Kartik Sharma will both be travelling to South Africa for their internships. Peter, the Forum’s final recipient of our original Queen Elizabeth Scholarship in Strengthening Health Systems, will intern with the Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE) where he will work to span the Centre’s evidence synthesis portfolio, which produces social policy evidence syntheses to be used by stakeholders across South Africa and other African jurisdictions.

Kartik will engage in a joint internship with the Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE) and the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME). He will be working alongside the teams at ACE and DPME to map evidence related to health-system challenges, building a developmental state, and human settlements.

The Forum is excited to welcome Clémence Ongolo Zogo to McMaster University. Clémence is an incoming scholar from Cameroon who is pursuing her MSc in the Health Research Methodology program. She intends to use the experience and skills obtained from exposure to the Health Systems Evidence (HSE) and Social Systems Evidence (SSE) databases to develop a health research database for Cameroon. The database is intended as a support tool for health system reforms and ongoing knowledge-to-action endeavours in the country.

The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) is managed through a unique partnership of Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and Canadian universities. This program is made possible with financial support from the Government of Canada, provincial governments and the private sector.

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Read more about the QES Scholarship in Strengthening Health and Social Systems offered by the Forum.

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