Helen is Executive Director of Arts and Global Health Center Africa Art and Global Health Center Africa (ArtGlo), an NGO in Zomba, Malawi that uses participatory arts-based approaches to ignite positive social change. Prior to joining ArtGlo, Helen served as Malawi Programme Manager for Global Health Corps, a fellowship programme aiming to build the next generation of leaders for health equity. Helen has previously worked with diverse groups, including refugee communities in the UK and Malawi and indigenous communities in Peru. She loves working alongside and learning from people with varied backgrounds to find creative solutions to challenges. Helen holds an MProf in Leadership for Sustainable Development from Middlesex University and a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from Sheffield University. In her spare time she is often found hiking, or enjoying art, music and theatre.
Sharifa Abdulla is a Malawian scholar and theatre for development practitioner holding a lecturer position with the University of Malawi, Chancellor College in the Department of Fine and performing Arts. She is currently a PhD research student at the University of Glasgow, school of education (looking at Culture, Community Arts and Health). Sharifa holds a BA in Arts Humanities and an MA in Dramatic Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She has focused on exploring the design and development of Participatory Arts based methodologies that integrate communities as vital agents of change. She has been designing, developing and leading implementation of participatory health related programs including co-founding the Art and Global Health Center Africa (www.aghcafrica.org). She is also a founding member of the Malawi Medical Humanities Network (https://malawimedhumsnetwork.com/)
The Art and Global Health Center Africa fosters creative leadership and implements innovative arts-based, health orientated programmes that inspire and mobilise.
We believe in the transformative power of the arts to facilitate experiential learning, encourage cross-cultural understanding, foster empathy, and strengthen communities.
We believe that health care is a human right and that every human being is entitled to a healthy life.
We believe that society develops through the creativity of its members. Encouraging and supporting innovation and critical thinking across disciplines and fields is vital to solving problems.
We believe in the power of collaboration and ownership. Working in partnership is key to building sustainable programmes. We therefore work in support of the efforts and goals of the government of Malawi and across different social sectors: urban and rural, educated and non educated, minorities and mainstream, men and women, young and old.
For More Information: http://www.aghcafrica.org/