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2017-18 Emerging Leaders

We are delighted to announce that this year, two candidates were chosen to become the ISQua Emerging Leaders.

Louis Ako-Egbe, Cameroon
Louis is a District Medical Officer of the Bangem Health District in the south-west region of Cameroon. He has a strong interest in quality improvement strategies, policy and research. 

Healthcare void of quality is like chaff squeezed out of wheat. I have been very concerned about the quality of healthcare in my country and becoming an ISQua Emerging Leader 2018, with the plethora of opportunities ahead of me, is just a dream come true.

I expect that this programme will equip me with contemporary knowledge, skills and tools for quality improvement (QI) in healthcare, health facility accreditation and QI research and teaching.

Wafa Allouche, Tunisia
Wafa is a client relationship manager in the National Authority for Accreditation in Healthcare and a physician. Wafa is interested in the implementation of quality and safety strategies, health economics and external evaluation.

Being awarded as ISQua Emerging Leader for 2018, is a great opportunity for me and my organisation (INAsanté). Within the Emerging Leader Programme, I will have the chance to do an internship within the department of service delivery and safety in the WHO Headquarters, but also to spend time with some leading organisations in health care quality and safety.

I will learn and gain experience from each activity, and I will be able to transfer Knowledge, ideas and skills on quality improvement. It is a mean of advancing quality in healthcare in Tunisia. I hope I could influence the implementation of the National Strategy for the Improvement of the Healthcare Quality and Safety, which is being developed currently.


Each year, The International Society for Quality in Health Care offers applicants from developing countries or countries with economies in transition, an opportunity to apply for our Emerging Leaders Programme.

Training and supporting emerging leaders from Low or Lower Middle Income Coutries (LMICs) is a means of advancing quality and safety in healthcare in those countries through geometric progression.

Strategically placed leaders have a capacity to transfer knowledge, ideas and skills to groups of those they are in a position to influence who in turn may transfer knowledge to extended groups.

Each year, one applicant will be chosen by our Committee as the Emerging Leader.

This year for the first time the successful candidate may have the opportunity of being hosted as an Intern in the World Health Organization (WHO) Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.

The Emerging Leader Programme will be tailored for the successful candidate and they will also be enrolled in the ISQua Fellowship Programme.

The successful candidate will be offered the opportunity to:

  • Be fully immersed in the workings of the WHO unit focused on quality;
  • Support specific technical areas of work with a focus on quality improvement;
  • Support development of the WHO Global Learning Laboratory on quality UHC;
  • Provide input into team activities.

How does the Programme work?

ISQua encourages direct applications from interested individuals and also welcomes third party nominations of individuals who are considered to be future leaders in quality and safety in health care. 

Each year, one applicant will be chosen by ISQua as the Emerging Leader.  A programme will be tailored to suit the needs and existing skills of that individual.  A typical programme will involve travel abroad where the individual will work with, and learn from, skilled people in their field. The objective of the Emerging Leaders Programme is that the participant will then take this new learning use it to help implement projects or processes in their own country when they return.


Who can apply?

ISQua is searching for tomorrow's leaders.  To be eligible to apply for the Emerging Leaders Programme you must:

•  Have fluency in written and spoken English
•  Be from a lower/middle income country
•  Be of good character with strong ethical integrity
•  Have experience in designing/implementing a quality improvement programme
•  Following the internship, the candidate should demonstrate that they have the ability and opportunity to influence healthcare policy in their country of origin
•  Have dedication and motivation to becoming a leader in quality improvement for healthcare

 Applicants can nominate themselves, or be nominated by a third-party.

Applications are now closed. Please watch this space for information on the 2018-2019 Emerging Leader Programme.