Facilitate exchange of experiences between countries and regions... for positioning and advocating the relevance of health in poverty reduction.
Selena Lopreno, SDC Health Focal Point
Selena Lopreno joined the SDC Network team in July 2023 as a health advisor for the health Unit of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. She has a background in political science and a Master of Sciences in global health, with a specialization in environmental health. Previously, Selena was working for the State Secretariat of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign affairs on global health in multilateral bodies. Among other, she represented Switzerland at the World Health Assembly, the Human rights Council, the Commission on Narcotic drugs and the UN General Assembly. Before this, she gained experience in research (Laboratory for Research and Study in Environment and Health, France and Addiction Medicine Unit of the CHUV, Switzerland) and in health promotion at the local level (Sacopar, Belgium).
Héloïse Bellenot, Academic Trainee
Héloïse has been working as an academic trainee for the SDC’s Health and Food systems sections since February 2024. Her numerous tasks include among other things managing the content of the Shareweb, maintaining the network and organizing the newsletter. During her Master’s degree in Asian studies (at the University of Geneva), she specialized in agroecology, conducting field research in South India and completed an internship with an NGO in North India. These experiences gave her valuable hands-on insights into interlinkages between food security, agriculture, environmental pollution, and health. As a research associate at the Albert Hirschman Centre for Democracy at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), she has dealt with international issues and multilateralism.
David Streiff, Network Facilitator
As an Evaluation and Learning Advisor at Helvetas, David supports Helvetas colleagues at head office and in the field in setting up Monitoring and Evaluation systems and pushes for results-based management approach within the projects he supports. David holds a master’s degree in Geography from the University of Bern, and previously worked with People In Need (PIN) in the Philippines, with Welthungerhilfe (WHH) in Germany and South Sudan and since 2022 with Helvetas. David is experienced in conducting rapid needs assessments (market, WASH and food), setting-up digital monitoring systems and capacitating colleagues to use those as well as support project during the planning phase with establishing theories of change and translating these into logframes.
MembershipThe SDC Health Network gathers practitioners and experts from a diversity of geographical and institutional backgrounds working in health and other sectors linked to health (SDC, other Swiss Federal Offices, bilateral- and multilateral organisations, (I)NGOs, Academia, Foundations, Networks, etc.).
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