We are based in Oslo and support global health projects and organizations in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. We provide your organization with technical support, research, monitoring and evaluation advise and development of training curricula. We focus on strengthening what we believe are core pillars of successful interventions: strong evidence, ongoing training and support and motivated teams.
Founder and Director
Candela’s aspiration is to do her part to ensure good health and wellbeing for all, especially the most vulnerable. She is passionate about using evidence to improve programmes in humanitarian and development settings. For years, she has worked supporting international and local actors to strengthen their results by using interventions that are proven to work, strengthening their data and reinforcing leadership and teambuilding.
She holds an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and did her PhD research and Masters in Microbiology-Virology at the Pasteur Institute in Paris.
Candela has over 18 years of experience on HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, along with experience in Epidemic preparedness and response, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Maternal, Child and Adolescent health, gender equity, psychosocial support and mental health programmes.
She has worked with NGOs, multilateral organizations, academia and health institutions in Latin America, Africa, Europe and Southeast Asia supporting them in:
- Developing health and psychosocial support programmes.
- Analysing results and sharing lessons learned in adequate forums.
- Understanding and setting up monitoring and evaluation systems.
- Strengthening program management and organizational processes.
- Training individuals in leadership skills and public speaking/advocacy.
- Designing and imparting workshops to train facilitators in health issues (HIV-AIDS, Sexual health, qualitative and quantitative data analysis).
Candela has authored several research papers. She is also the author of “Build Your Dream Team. Leadership based in a passion for people”, and the founder of Sekkan Leadership, a platform helping people from non-managerial careers, particularly in the sciences and health fields, to become stronger leaders.
Market Development and Project Manager
Joanne is Alanda’s Market Development and Project Manager. She helps drive the growth of our organization by researching and creating opportunities, developing and sharing content and working with our partners and clients.
Joanne holds a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine from James Cook University, Australia and is passionate about creating public health policy solutions that make a real difference for individuals. Joanne has a special interest in child and maternal health, neglected tropical diseases and disaster and humanitarian relief.
She is also a Critical Care Registered Nurse who has served in two of Sydney’s largest hospitals in the Emergency Department and Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. Joanne holds a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Notre Dame Australia and a Master of Clinical Nursing (Critical Care) from the University of Tasmania. Joanne has been certified in Emergency Triage, Advanced Adult Cardiovascular Life Support and Paediatric Advanced Life Support.
Joanne has been involved in workplace training and education and developed specific hospital based policy and procedures. She enjoys mentoring and coaching newly registered nurses and students through developing their clinical knowledge and skills. She actively seeks new information and research which can be used to improve patient outcomes.