To honour the memory of Professor Sir Eldryd Parry, founder of the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET), the Eldryd Parry Fellowship aims to build the capacity of an individual health worker in Ethiopia to support them in progressing their career and ultimately contributing towards the strengthening of their national health system.
At the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET), we are dedicated to honouring the memory of our esteemed founder, Professor Sir Eldryd Parry. To achieve this, we have established the Eldryd Parry Fellowship, a programme to empower individual health workers in Ethiopia. The Fellowship aims to support their career advancement and foster their contribution towards bolstering the national health system.
Professor Sir Eldryd Parry held a deep connection with Ethiopia, having worked at Haile Selassie I University in Addis Ababa from 1966 to 1969. Remarkably, he continued to teach medicine in local schools and rural health centres in Ethiopia well into his 80s.
In collaboration with Eldryd’s family, THET will manage this fellowship programme, which will provide the successful applicant with a £5,000 grant to execute a project over a period of nine months.
As we embark on this journey, we embrace Professor Sir Eldryd Parry’s philosophy: “Where do you want to go, how can we help you get there, where are the gaps, how can we help you fill them?” This powerful statement encapsulates the spirit of the Eldryd Parry Fellowship, aiming to nurture the potential of Ethiopian health workers.
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We’re thrilled to announce Kokob Gebru Kidnau as the inaugural fellow of the Eldryd Parry Fellowship, named in honour of THET’s founder Sir Eldryd Parry.
Kokob is a lecturer, clinician, and researcher of mental health at Mekelle University in Ethiopia, as well as a tireless advocate for women’s rights. She has extensive experience in clinical work, research, and project management, with a passion for trauma resilience, youth and women’s empowerment, and human rights.
During the war in Tigray, Kokob provided critical mental health support for survivors of sexual violence. She continues to coordinate impactful projects aimed at empowering youth and women and promoting psychosocial healing in her community.
Kokob’s fellowship project “Nurturing Resilience: A self-care Guide for Health Workers Aiding Survivors of Sexual and Gender-based Violence in a Post-conflict Setting in Tigray, Ethiopia” exemplifies the meaningful work she does uplifting vulnerable groups and strengthening the healthcare system in Tigray.
We’re honoured to have Kokob as the first Eldryd Parry Fellow, continuing Sir Eldryd’s legacy of advancing health equity through impactful work like this project.