My name is Diviya Leonard and I am a 16-year-old high school student who is incredibly passionate about ensuring equal access to healthcare for all women and girls around the world.
I am currently the Senior Health Technical Advisor for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), covering portfolios in Somalia and South Sudan. The journey that brought me here began in 2007.
In 1985, as a new trainee member of the Canadian Public Health Association, I ticked off the secondary membership box for the division, Canadian Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health. My involvement with the organization that became the Canadian Society for International Health
Thirteen years after the entry of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the UN peacekeeping force has pulled out of the country, leaving behind a plague of injustice.
I was a CSIH intern in 2006-2007, based in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. I worked for the Ethiopian Nurses Association (ENA) – partner of Canadian Nurses Association – and got only a glimpse of nursing and nursing education in Ethiopia.