Franklin - Policy and Advocacy Manager
Franklin works as Policy/Advocacy Manager for Value Health Africa (VAHA) and has over five years of experience in general program management, design and implementation, training/facilitation, and lobbying/advocacy. Through this, Franklin works to empower marginalized and vulnerable groups in local communities in the North West Region of Cameroon, through the design of strategies and interventions on community health development and on human rights advocacy. He holds a Master of Arts (M.A) in International Communication and Public Policy from the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC), and a Postgraduate Diploma in International Development from the Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa (Trapca)- Tanzania. Franklin combines training in public policy strategies and community governance and has developed, coordinated and implemented a variety of community development projects in the areas of health and human rights, with funding from international organizations (Women's Democracy Network-USA, Women's World Day of Prayer -Germany, Plan Cameroon etc). In 2013, he worked as Field Officer for the National Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Care & Support Program, funded by The Global Fund for the Fight Against HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, and managed by the Catholic Relief Services/Cameroon in Donga-Mantung and Bui Divisions of the North West Region. Apart from development work, Franklin is an Associate Lecturer of Communication at the University of Bamenda and intends to pursue P.HD research in the field of social policy, examining the structural impediments to the design, elaboration and implementation of efficient health policies for improved service delivery in Cameroon, with emphasis on non-communicable diseases.