Two years ago, People to People (P2P) hosted a symposium on the grounds of the University of Kentucky Hospital. They brought together academics and clinicians both from the African Diaspora and non-Diaspora, to explore global partnerships focused on narrowing the knowledge gap and improving the global imbalance of healthcare and manpower development. During Global Diaspora Week 2014, People to People hosted a roundtable table discussion with the leaders of P2P and University of Kentucky Hospital, to design a strategy to nurture and strengthen partnerships based on a Triangular Relationship.
The triangular relationship involves P2P as an institution in charge of mobilizing and coordinating Diaspora resources, the US universities which are pools of medical and scientific knowledge and African Medical Institutions as beneficiaries of capacity building support. Over the course of the last few years , it has become increasingly evident that the global African Diaspora with its vast network of professionals and specialists is incredibly interested in supporting such important activities and has demonstrated its willingness to be fully engaged.
People to People is currently working tirelessly to coordinate and mobilize resources to support activities that strengthen global health and education initiatives, while consolidating the achievements of goals of Universities in Africa. University of Kentucky (UK) has expanded its partnership world wide including in East Africa and Subsaharan Africa Universities. People to People and UK believe establishing a horizontal relationship among Universities who are already active and have vertical relations with universities in Africa will be a unique opportunity to exchange lesson learned experiences and expand networks.
The diaspora used to be the missing link and it is now evident that it is the bedrock foundation for the Triangular partnership that serves as a bridge between western institutions and developing countries institutions. This partnership can be a role model to foster indigenous solutions that will help local ideas to be engineered into national and international market to help institutions to be independent. It will help to change the rules of engagement as the status quo has not sufficiently invested to close the gap and this new approach can nurture the paradigm shift.