Diana Nambatya Nsubuga is the recipient of the 2016 American Express NGen Leadership Award.
She leads the Global Health Corps (GHC) operation in Uganda by recruiting, training, and supporting leaders to implement family planning programs and reproductive health services. Through her work with GHC, Diana directly fosters and supports the leadership development of young Ugandan and American health advocates.
For example, she has mobilized men, women, and young people to take advantage of cost-effective technologies such as Kangaroo Mother Care, otherwise known as skin-to-skin care where a newborn is immediately held against the mother’s skin. The technique has been shown to prevent hypothermia especially in premature infants.
Through her advocacy work and information sessions, she was also able to ensure that women in her community are now about six times more likely to use skilled attendance – trained health professionals – when giving birth, leading to more healthier pregnancies and reduced maternal deaths in her community.
In addition to her professional endeavors, Diana and her husband own a farm where she includes reproductive health education and family planning services as part of the training for men, women, and young people who participate in agriculture and health skills building sessions.