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The Pamoja Advocacy Program (and how to apply!)

Do you know about the Pamoja Advocacy Program? If you’re between the age of 18 and 30 and living with Type 1 diabetes, read on!

The Pamoja Advocacy Program is a training and advocacy programme for diabetics across the world – a great opportunity to be part of an international effort to advance diabetes advocacy. They are looking for diverse representation so if you’re interested, please apply!

About the Pamoja Advocacy Program

Pamoja is a Swahili word meaning “Together”. T1International (T1I) and the Sonia Nabeta Foundation (SNF) believe in creating a sense of togetherness and unity between young Africans (between the ages of 18 and 30) living with Type 1 diabetes. The idea is to unite people facing similar challenges across country lines in order to improve the quality of life for all people living with Type 1 diabetes in Africa.  

The Pamoja Advocacy Program’s aim is to equip a strong cohort of African advocates with advocacy  tools, strategies and know-how to create aware, stigma-free and socially supportive communities. T1I  and SNF want to ensure a world where no one has to rely on donations of insulin and supplies, which means long-term community and policy change is essential. Advocates will fight for policies that  represent the needs of people living with Type 1 diabetes in their countries and across the region. 

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Pamoja Advocacy Program Year 1 (2019) 

In November 2019, SNF and T1I initiated Year 1 of the Pamoja Program with a 3-day advocacy training workshop in Cape Town, South Africa. The workshop trained 13 young adults with Type 1 diabetes from  Ghana (3), Kenya (2), Nigeria (1), South Africa (1), Tanzania (3), and Uganda (3). Pamoja Advocates have  since returned to their home with a time-bound plan, supported by T1I and SNF, to reach a goal of the production and adoption of a policy to prevent any child with Type 1 diabetes from being denied an education in each respective country. This is a key step towards genuine long-term change at the country level, and the improvement of health systems across Africa.  

Pamoja Advocacy Program Year 2 (2020) 

To continue the Pamoja Advocacy Program in Year 2, Country Teams attended another advocacy training workshop in 2020 focused on “training of trainers”. Current Pamojans will work to identify new  local advocates to join their Country Team, ensuring that each team has five representatives (30 Pamojans total). At the training workshop in 2020, current Pamojans built their leadership skills and trained new advocates for their Country teams to further support their goals and make a bigger impact. 

Who should apply to join?

Are you interested in joining the Pamoja Advocacy Program? The ideal Pamojan advocate: 

  • Has Type 1 diabetes.
  • Is at least 18 years old and no more than 30 years old.
  • Has a good understanding of the English language, both written and spoken, as well as at least one other local language in their home countries.
  • Is passionate about Type 1 diabetes advocacy, global health, access to medicines, non communicable diseases, drug pricing and change movements.
  • Exhibist characteristics of leadership, dependability, responsibility, patience, maturity, integrity,  ability to work autonomously and in teams.
  • Is honest and able to safeguard and make responsible use of information and resources.
  • Plays an active role in their community. 
  • Is respectful of everyone and able to relate to people from all social, income and educational backgrounds.
  • Has enthusiasm and a positive attitude. 
  • Is willing to learn and grow. 
  • Does not have a criminal record. 

How to apply to the Pamoja Advocacy Program

Please send an application letter that includes:

  • What advocacy means to you 
  • Why you want to be part of the program 
  • Details about your ability to commit to working towards a long-term advocacy goal 

The letter should be emailed to Ivan Okoth who will collect applications and follow up with applicants who seem like the right fit for the program. 

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