Dr Diane Bell, Director of Academic Affairs at USB Executive Development (USB-ED), left for Europe at the end of February to take up a position at the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland.
She was recently appointed as a Technical Officer of the Global Cooperation on Assistive
Technology group (GATE), which is part of the Innovation, Access and Use (IAU) team, within the Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products (EMP) of the WHO. The WHO is an NPO funded by the United Nations.
Dr Bell will take up the position as from 1 March 2017 for between 6 months and 3 years, with the possibility of a post-doctorate research fellowship within this period which would encompass a research project entitled: "Opening the GATE: Promoting the Sustainable Development Goals through implementation of the priority assistive product list in two low-income countries."
Year three of the research fellowship would be spent at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland working with Prof Mac MacLachlan, Director of the Centre for Global Health at Trinity College and Extraordinary Professor of Rehabilitation at Stellenbosch University.
Dr Bell will nevertheless keep her local role as a Trustee of the Carel du Toit Trust, which funds the Carel du Toit Centre where "deaf children learn to speak", as well as her membership of the Presidential Working Group on Disability (PWGD).
Her position as Technical Officer will be as a core member of the GATE group and will contribute to the group's work towards improving global access to assistive products in developing economies.