SF-based Global Health Non-Profit Awards Harris Wofford Global Service Fellowship

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CFHI Demonstrates Its Commitment to Developing and Ensuring the Next Generation of Global Health Leaders

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Harris Wofford Global Service Fellows will be charged with the responsibility of spreading the word about international voluntary service and its best practices after their program.

Leading international program provider, Child Family Health International (CFHI), announced it will be awarding the 2015 Harris Wofford Global Service Fellowships. CFHI Global Health Scholars, Jennifer Knight and Selemawit Ghebrendrias, are the deserving recipients of the award named after former US Senator and champion for global service, Harris Llewellyn Wofford. The two recipients were chosen for their strong commitment to global service and passion for global health.

CFHI is one of seven organizations participating in the Harris Wofford Global Service Fellowship, a program of the Building Bridges Coalition (BBC) that has granted over 200 fellowships since 2012. “Harris Wofford Global Service Fellows will be charged with the responsibility of spreading the word about international voluntary service and its best practices after their program,“ explains Steve Rosenthal, Founding Chairman of the BBC. “This meets the goals of our field in keeping returned volunteers actively involved in voluntary service, while spreading the word about international volunteering to others.” Aligning with CFHI’s views, the Fellowship emphasizes the value of cultural exchange and the positive outcomes in communities that are fostered by volunteers.

Jennifer Knight is in her first year at Brown University, pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Health with an emphasis on Global Health. Jennifer is passionate about HIV/AIDS and committed to working with marginalized, underserved populations. This is what attracted her to CFHI’s program, HIV/AIDS & Healthcare in Durban, South Africa. This August, Jennifer will rotate alongside healthcare workers in Durban’s hospital and clinics, gaining first-hand exposure to HIV prevention and treatment efforts. Jennifer believes that this experience will help her become a better physician and advocate for people living with HIV/AIDs both at home and abroad.

Selemawit Ghebrendrias is a first year medical student at George Washington School of Medicine and the daughter of Eritrean immigrants. In June 2015, she will be traveling to Kabale, Uganda for CFHI’s program, Exploring HIV and Maternal/Child Health. While on site, she will be conducting a program evaluation on the use of medications to treat HIV in very rural populations. “This program [will] provide me with a unique opportunity to see how infectious disease (HIV) and maternal medicine can either collide or co-exist in terms of transmission and morbidity/mortality,” writes Selemawit.

CFHI is a proud supporter of the Harris Wofford Global Health Service Fellowship, and has provided more than $100,000 in scholarship funding through its own Diversity Scholarship Program. Jennifer Knight and Selemawit Ghebrendrias are outstanding individuals who go above and beyond CFHI’s expectations, and embody the spirit of the Harris Wofford Global Service Fellowship. Both young women have the mindset to fulfill CFHI’s directive “Let the World Change You” in order to position themselves to be successful partners for low resource communities throughout their careers.


Founded in 1992, CFHI (http://www.cfhi.org) is a non-government organization (NGO) operating at the grassroots level to provide transformative global health education experiences and community empowerment in underserved communities around the world. CFHI offers 20+ Global Health Education Programs designed to broaden students' perspectives about global health - as well as a variety of community health initiatives and projects - in developing countries including Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Argentina, Mexico, Uganda and South Africa. More than 8,000 students have participated in CFHI programs to date. CFHI has been granted Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).

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Lauren Talamo
Child Family Health International (CFHI)
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