Aviva Women in Science Program
Because every child deserves a chance to thrive...
Aviva Women in Science
The Aviva Women in Science in program was designed in honor of our co-founder's daughter Aviva Lilia Bernardo Kullberg. Aviva died at 10 months at 13 days of a rare and unknown disease on November 18th, 2020. To ensure that other families do not have to suffer through the same fate as theirs, we have designed the Aviva Women in Science Program to support female current and aspiring doctors to invest in maternal and child health through medical studies, medical research, and community health projects. We believe that by empowering women to enter and lead the advancement of maternal and child health, we can make an impact on the lives of babies in Cameroon and across the world! Because every child deserves a chance to thrive...
We also host the Aviva Day every December to support babies and families in 10 hospitals across Cameroon.
In 2022, we donated $4000 to families across the country to assist with medical bills and try to bring joy to their holidays.
Meet Aviva and learn more about neonatal mortality in with our video with Open Dream Mentors and Doctors - Dr. Noella, CEO of Talk Pregnancy and Dr. Brenda Tanya Tal, Open Dreams Oxford graduate and board member.
Meet Our First Aviva Scholar: Niegem Mbwame
"I am passionate about enabling people to live a healthy life and to fulfill their life objectives. I am a lover of children. As part of my clinical practice in the hospital in Bamenda, I have witnessed how the inadequate medical facilities and personnel has led to the death of several babies, deferring their dreams.
I dream of becoming a neonatologist in order to promote good maternal and child health to reduce infant mortality in my community, country and the world at large. I believe every child has the right to live and fulfill their dreams."
Are you interested in maternal and child health? Like Niegem Mbwame, would you like support to finish your medical degree? Or are you already a doctor who would like to create a Community Health Program or conduct research on Maternal and Child Health in partnership with Open Dreams?
Then apply below for our Aviva Women in Science Scholarships and Programs!
The Aviva Women in Science fund was developed in honour of Aviva Lilia Bernardo Kullberg who passed away unexpectedly at 10 months and 13 days in November of 2020. Aviva was the beloved daughter of two of the Open Dreams founders, Hans Kullberg and Cristina Bernardo. The scholarship was created in her honour to help further the advancement of maternal, neonatal, and child health so that unanticipated deaths such as hers could be prevented or at least understood.
The Aviva Women in Science fund was developed in honour of Aviva Lilia Bernardo Kullberg who passed away unexpectedly at 10 months and 13 days in November of 2020. Aviva was the beloved daughter of two of the Open Dreams founders, Hans Kullberg and Cristina Bernardo. The exact cause of Aviva’s death is still unknown, but she appeared to have a rare, unknown disease that led her to have extreme bouts of bradycardia, hypothermia, and slowed breathing, and lethargy. The scholarship was created in her honour to help further the advancement of maternal, neonatal, and child health so that unanticipated deaths such as hers could be prevented or at least understood.
The Aviva Women in Science Fund grants provide assistance to women in leadership roles within established organisations focusing on maternal and child health. This grant is geared towards improving the health of mothers and children. This is offered to young women who are passionate about giving back to their community by administering campaigns, health education, and other services in order to improve the health of women and children.
The Aviva grant is suitable for short-term research projects focused on maternal and child health. The grant is meant to cover one-year long research projects, but projects lasting up to two years would be considered for funding. Early and mid-career researchers and global or public health professionals based in Cameroon are eligible to apply for the Aviva grant.
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