Trisha Nain

trisha nain
As trustee what is your role?

My main objective is to bring a fresh and objective perspective to OCA and its operations, offering a more strategic lens to their thinking.

What do you do when you are not supporting On Call Africa?

I’m a Management Consultant for the Public Sector with Accenture. Not to forget a full time Mum to a toddler.  I’ve also recently started trying out yoga…it is not as easy as it looks.

Why is On Call Africa important to you?

On Call Africa makes a difference to people’s health and their lives in the long term, in areas where there is very little access to quality healthcare and related education. I am proud to be part of an organisation that is transparent, as well as one that looks at healthcare holistically and builds local partnerships to try and address issues in a sustainable way.

Volunteers are very important but why should someone join your volunteer programme?

It’s a unique opportunity to leverage your skills to help others in a completely new setting and to challenge yourself but also to learn and broaden your thinking and insights. On top of this, our team offer a friendly and comprehensive welcome. They  do everything they can to ensure a meaningful and positive experience where you take away life-long connections and memories.

What is your proudest moment at On Call Africa?

Probably the launch of our new strategy which has meant that we have seen a huge step change for OCA over the last 12-18 months. It’s great to see the organisation evolve and grow with new partnerships, new funding, new villages that we plan to serve and a new and refreshed brand.

Improving health behaviours is one of the key focuses. What does this mean and how will On Call Africa achieve this?

Education that is tailored to the place and people is key here. Having been on the ground for over a decade, building strong local partnerships and understanding, our teams are able to ensure that they come up with strategies, communications and education plans that are context specific. Therefore are more likely to be effective in creating long lasting behavioural change.

When was the last time you visited Zambia, and what did you do during your time?

2014. I was running a project in Zambia through my work at a previous company (Crown Agents). The project focussed on transforming the National Medical Stores to help make pharmaceutical storage and distribution more efficient across the country.

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