In 2023, I started my journey with Results Australia as a Global Health Fellow. I have always been fascinated by global health, and I was looking for a program focused on enhancing my advocacy skills as part of my professional role. This fellowship not only provided a profound learning experience in advocating to decision makers and empowering communities, but also a space to create meaningful connections.
Together with the other Fellows across Australia, I went on a three-days retreat in Canberra where I had the opportunity to engage in discussion with leaders in global health and advocacy, as well as to meet with some of the Members of Parliament. Each session of the retreat was fundamental in shaping the success of the entire fellowship, including the theoretical sections, roundtable discussions and face-to-face interactions with politicians. This experience not only enriched my knowledge, but also allowed me to put into practice various advocacy strategies and establish connections with diverse like-minded people.
As my experience as a Results Fellow is coming to an end, I am grateful for the chance to share this journey with wonderful people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, linked by the common interest in advocacy and global health, with a particular focus on infectious diseases such as tuberculosis. I would highly recommend the Fellowship program to anyone who is passionate about global health equity and wants to make a difference using the power of advocacy and make a difference in people’s lives.
Francesca Sanna is a 2023 Results Australia Global Health Fellow. She is a Postdoctoral Research Officer at Telethon Kids Institute. Holding a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Università degli Studi di Verona.