“Health and Peace-building in Africa”

  • December 11, 2018

San Diego World Affairs Council


a 501(C)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization



“Health and Peace-building in Africa”

featuring panelists

Emily Bruno, MD

Resident (PGY2), Preventive Medicine

University of California San Diego



Jane Wanjiru Kinyua

M.A. Peace and Justice Studies (MAPJ)

Kroc School of Peace Studies,

University of San Diego


Bringing their expertise and in-country experience in Africa, panelists Dr. Emily Bruno and Jane Wanjiru Kinyua will explore two key, and frequently interrelated development challenges faced by African nations: promoting health and peace.

Dr. Bruno will discuss the case for global surgery as an essential element of global health. She will examine the collaborative process of creating a National Surgical Plan for Madagascar as a case study.

Ms. Kinyua will discuss the Children Peace Initiative Kenya that has been using the friendship-for-peace model to empower children to contribute to community peace-building. The model is based on the contact theory, through which children become protagonists of their community’s peace and development. By opening doors for access to essential amenities like health facilities, enhanced trade, and education, they have built bridges for their parents and communities, stimulating economic development and transforming conflict corridors into peace corridors.


About our panelists:

Emily Bruno is a diplomat-turned-doctor. She came to medicine after 15 years in public service, first as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia and then as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. Emily served domestically in numerous offices in Washington, DC, as well as at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York, and overseas in Taiwan, Iraq, Chad and Sudan. Emily’s work with marginalized populations eventually led her to medical school, where she earned her MD at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. While a medical student, Emily was selected as a Paul Farmer Global Surgery Research Associate in Harvard Medical School’s Program in Global Surgery and Social Change. Through this program, Emily trained surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses on operating room safety at surgical centers throughout Madagascar and collected data on existing surgical capacities to inform the creation of a National Surgical Plan for Madagascar. After earning her MD, Emily completed an internship in General Surgery at the University of California San Diego and then entered the Preventive Medicine department, where she is currently a second-year resident. She is also working toward an MPH in Epidemiology at San Diego State University and continuing research on global health, with an eye toward returning to work in the policy field.

Emily earned a BS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, as well as certificates from the University of Strasbourg, France, and from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Her languages include French, Mandarin Chinese, Amharic, and basic Spanish and Arabic.


Jane Wanjiru Kinyua is a Kenyan Citizen and a founding member of Children Peace Initiative Kenya, a non-profit organization that engages children in peacebuilding initiatives. She is currently a student at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego, pursuing a master’s degree in Peace and Justice Studies. Prior to coming to San Diego, she was the Country Associate representing Kenya in the implementation of a cross-border peace project through a partnership with University of Peace (UPEACE), Costa Rica, where she engaged communities living along the Kenya-Uganda border in cross-border peace dialogues and conflict resolution through people-to-people strategies.

Jane graduated from Catholic University of Eastern Africa (C.U.E.A) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science. After graduating, she worked as an educator with CEFA, an Italian NGO working with children in government correctional institutions.

Jane is a Paul Harris Fellow, awarded by Rotary International in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among people in the world.  



Tuesday, December 11, 2018

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Registration and Refreshments
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Presentation and Q&A


National University, Sanford Center Auditorium

11355 N. Torrey Pines Rd

La Jolla, CA 92037

Complimentary parking on the National University campus



Free for SDWAC Members and Students

$10 for Non-Members


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