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WHO’s Head of Unit Presents Webinar to ISN Emerging Leaders Cohorts on Leadership Skills for NCD Management

Members of the ELP cohorts attend a webinar to hear Dr. Slim Slama’s presentation

On April 17, the ISN Emerging Leaders cohorts from 2021 and 2022 had the honor of hearing Dr. Slim Slama, Unit Head for Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Management at the World Health Organization (WHO), present on the leadership skills required for NCD prevention and management and his experiences as a WHO unit leader.

According to Dr. Slama, global health issues are inextricably linked. A comprehensive, integrated view, approach, and solution are required. “A starting point for emerging and young leaders in global kidney health is to determine the unique selling proposition for kidney health advocacy, as well as the appropriate coalitions and local policymakers,” he stated in his talk.

He advised the ISN Emerging Leaders on progressing to a leadership role to help advance global kidney care. He encouraged them to: “Follow your hearts, dream big, [have a] passion for public health.” He also highlighted the value of technical expertise and adaptability in leadership roles.

In addition, Dr. Slama addressed dealing with kidney care challenges in politically fragile countries, disaster and catastrophic events management, and regaining trust in healthcare systems in certain countries.

The talk was organized as part of a series of webinars with established leaders in clinical and non-clinical areas designed for ISN ELP members.

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