CIU Trail Blazers; Rose Nakame

Meet Ms Rose Nakame an alumnus of IHSU (2011-2015); a health and gender equality advocate. Rose joined CIU to pursue a Degree in Nursing Science and for her, that was just a starting point.

She took all opportunities the university provided her with diligence and passion which saw her hold several student leadership positions and was an active participant in several university activities. 

Rose had a personal mission and to help guide her achieve that mission, she took on the mentorship of Professor Danny Gotto, who has been an invaluable asset in her journey. As part of her academic journey at IHSU, Rose carried out research on the; Factors influencing the prevalence of menstrual pain in females aged 18-45 years at institutions of higher learning in Kampala. This research paved way for Rose among numerous applicants to become a Member of the Board of Directors for Irise Uganda, a branch of a UK-based Charity; Irise International where she still serves as a board member to-date.

Because of Rose's academic excellence, it is no surprise that she was chosen among the students to participate in IHSU's student Exchange program in Finland at Lapin Amk university and Lasan Pohjan hospital. During this exchange, Rose got to train, work and experience one of the best healthcare systems in the world. It’s also here that she got to appreciate the value of empowering more women to step up into top leadership positions to address the current policy bottlenecks that affect women and our health care system which become the driving force for her leadership aspirations later on.

Rose at the world youth conference where she serves as vice president on the International Youth Committee

After her completing her nursing degree, Rose applied for the YALI East Africa Regional program and was accepted into the program. The training she received at YALI furthered her solve and has since been working and innovating around addressing the several challenges that plague our health care system. She has managed to achieve some of this through her work on the YALI RLC EA Gender Equality Taskforce in the capacity of focal person and country Admissions representative. Rose also runs her own lean start-up; REMieastafrica.

Since her graduation, Rose has been; a clinical instructor at Hoima School of Nursing, YALI RLC EA Participant - cohort 7, Point-person - YALI RLC EA Uganda Chapter- Gender Equality Task Force, Ashoka ChangeMaker; Social Innovation for Intrapreneurship in Healthcare, Member, Board of Directors, Irise Uganda: branch of UK-based charity; Irise International, Vice President, International Youth Committee

Rose uses some of her free time to mentor and inspire fellow peers to social change and blogs about some of her experiences from time to time.