Budapest hosts 4th WFH Youth Leadership Workshop

Optimism, energy, and laughter were in abundant display in historic Budapest, Hungary, during the fourth World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) Youth Leadership Workshop. The Hungarian Haemophilia Society graciously played host to 20 aspiring community leaders from 18 countries from November 23 to 24, 2018.

Youth Leadership Committee Chair Michael van der Linde opened the highly interactive workshop, and WFH Director of Programs and Education Antonio Almeida set the tone in his opening session when he outlined the responsibilities, challenges and rewards that come with assuming a leadership role. Attendees followed his lead, showing a high level of engagement through freely sharing their experiences on how leadership styles differ in each country.

Chavez Edgecombe, Youth Leader and Marketing and Advertising student

 “My time in Budapest was a one-of-a-kind experience. With the lessons learned and relationships built, I will be able to further build my hemophilia community in the Bahamas and wherever life may take me.”

Deniece Chevannes, Director of Health Promotion and Evaluation with Hemophilia of Georgia took participants on a journey through strategic planning and goal-setting—two crucial skills any budding leader must develop. The ensuing role-playing—where teams had to develop and present a solid plan for an event they wished to hold—highlighted the creativity and camaraderie within the group. Loud rounds of applause and clapping hands proved that participants truly were part of a supportive group that encouraged the free flow of ideas and constructive criticism.

Chirath Angekumbura, Youth Leader and aspiring Sri Lankan Entrepreneur

“I was really happy to see patients who are very excited about their lives and dreams.”

On day two, participants received project management and fundraising training from WFH Corporate Relations Coordinator Marlene Spencer. The teams again took centre stage as they honed their new skills by presenting fundraising pitches to an esteemed panel of judges who decided who to “award” the role-playing funding to. In an environment that quickly turned into a friendly competition, it became clear that it is the members of the global bleeding disorders community who will benefit from the dedication of these next generation leaders.

Irene Fuchs, a psychologist from Argentina, ran an informative workshop on several sensitive topics, including disclosure, communication, relationships and sexuality. The heartfelt farewells were evidence of the solid foundations the global network of participants formed during their leadership training—foundations that will surely lead to continued collaboration between the next generation of NMO leaders. Stephanie Pineda, WFH Program Coordinator of Twinning and Global NMO Training, closed the workshop with a presentation on the WFH education resources available on our eLearning platform.

WFH Youth Leadership Workshop Participants

The WFH Youth Leadership program invests in the future of the bleeding disorders community by training the generation of leaders in goal setting, project management, personal development and other crucial skills. Learn more about this inspiring program here.

The WFH wishes to acknowledge the financial contribution of Hemophilia of Georgia. Without their support this WFH Youth Leadership Workshop would not have been able to take place.