The Executive Director of the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), Mr. David O. Anyaele last weekend join other selected individuals from across the globe for this year’s International Visitor Leadership Program, a professional exchange program of the United States Government with focus on “Marginalized Populations and Health Care”.
Mr. Anyaele who was nominated by US Consulate, Lagos to participate in the professional exchange program organized by the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C is expected to use the opportunity to study and engage US system as it relates issues around marginalized Population and Health Care.
“This nomination to me is a classical demonstration of the recognition of the work of CCD by the international community, an endorsement of CCD as a reputable organisation of, and for persons with disabilities in Nigeria” said Mr. Anyaele.
‘My participation in this programme is an opportunity to learn and acquire skill necessary to deliver quality services for and on behalf of citizens with disabilities in Nigeria. I believe this program is very important to CCD, the on-going interventions embark upon by CCD and to me in particular”, he further stated.
The International Visitor Leadership Program is sponsored by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Nigeria and organized by the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.
This particular program will examine the U.S. commitment on supporting efforts in improving international health. It will address the specific public health challenges and needs of marginalized and underserved populations in order to promote global healthcare. Program activities will include site visits to hospitals, clinics, rural health facilities, laboratories, and academic/research institutions as well as health care outreach programs, and NGOs working to support health care for all. Participants will have opportunities to expand their professional networks, forge partnerships and future collaborations with fellow participants and their American colleagues, and investigate cutting edge research, technology, treatments, and potential solutions to public health threats.
Participants will also meet with counselors and public officials to learn about current policies and practices to provide marginalized populations with the services and support they need. Meetings will highlight U.S. efforts to protect citizens from preventable health threats by promoting wellness programs, disease prevention activities, and preventive healthcare services. Strategies for de-stigmatization of health problems among general populations will be discussed.
A secondary theme will focus on the cultural, social, and political diversity of life in the United States, with home hospitality, sightseeing, and personal time balancing the professional program.
Each year nearly 5,000 exchange participants come to the U.S. on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). More than 200,000 International Visitors have engaged with Americans through the IVLP, including more than 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government.
Launched in 1940, the IVLP helps strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world and cultivate lasting relationships by connecting current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts through short-term visits to the United States.
The majority of IVLP exchanges include visits to four U.S. communities over three weeks, although program vary based on themes, Embassy requests and other factors. Participants meet with professional counterparts, visit U.S. public and private sector organizations related to the project theme and participate in cultural and social activities.