Women make up 70% of the health workforce, yet only 25% hold senior roles. Further, global health leadership does not reflect the diversity of the communities being served. We talked to Dr. Rose Clarke Nanyonga about the visible and invisible systems that have created these imbalances, the impact of lack of diversity on health outcomes, how we can challenge these norms, and the transformational leadership needed to eliminate inequities and disparities in global health.
Dr. Rose Clarke Nanyonga is the award-winning Vice Chancellor of Clarke International University in Uganda (CIU). She also holds a senior faculty position at CIU, teaching health policy and planning; advanced strategic management; and various executive leadership courses. Rose is one of only three women vice chancellors in Uganda and the first and only one who is a nurse.