2021 WORKSHOP ATTENDEES

For details about each attendee, click on their photo. Details about each NIH Fogarty Global Health Fellow's research project and related consortium is linked below their profile information (select Go to Link).

Julian Adong
Julian Adong

Uganda (HBNU)

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Isaac Akinkunmi Adedeji
Isaac Akinkunmi Adedeji

Nigeria (HBNU) Isaac Akinkunmi Adedeji, PhD, graduated from the Sociology Department, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He teaches Medical Sociology/Anthropology and Bioethics at the Department of Sociology, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria. His fellowship site is the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. His research will focus on developing a culture-sensitive framing for the training of Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias caregivers.

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Angel Algarin
Angel Algarin

Mexico (GloCal) Angel B. Algarin PhD, MPH is a current NIDA T32 postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego Department of Medicine. Dr. Algarin will spend his GloCal Fellowship year understanding the impact of Preexposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) stigma on PrEP knowledge and interest among transgender women in Tijuana, Mexico using a mixed-methods approach. Findings will be key in informing future interventions and policy to improve PrEP uptake among transgender women in Tijuana.

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Aliyu Aminu
Aliyu Aminu

Nigeria (VECD)

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Alfred Andama
Alfred Andama

Uganda (GHES) Dr. Andama is a fellow at Makerere University College of Health Sciences in Kampala, Uganda, under the mentorship of Dr. Achilles Katamba, Prof. Luke Davis and Prof. Adithya Cattamanchi. His research will focus on evaluating oral swabs for tuberculosis (TB) testing using the GeneXpert Ultra among people living with HIV (PLHIV) in a hospital and two health centers in Kampala. His research focuses on determining if oral swabs can be used to rule-out active TB disease.

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Johanna Avelar
Johanna Avelar

Mexico (GloCal) Johanna is a health geographer examining the impacts of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) insecurity in vulnerable populations through an intersectional lens. Johanna has worked in El Salvador and Los Angeles with different nonprofits to improve people’s access to WaSH services. Her current research uses mixed-methods to study the intersections of gender, psychosocial stressors, and WaSH insecurity in unhoused communities to develop measures aimed at improving he

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Anthony Batte
Anthony Batte

Uganda (NPGH) I am a Paediatric Nephrologist at Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Uganda. My project is evaluating the predictors of stroke in children with sickle cell anemia (SCA). This is on the background that SCA in highly common in sub-Saharan Africa and children with SCA commonly have complications of stroke, kidney disease as they grow. My overall aim is to identify intervention points to prevent complications of SCA.

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Tanzania (VECD) I have recently graduated with a Master of Medicine (MMED) in Psychiatry at University of Cape town and a fellowship in Psychiatry from College of medicine of South Africa. My undergraduate training was at the Muhimbili university of Health and allied sciences (MUHAS) in Tanzania, followed by an internship at its affiliated national referral hospital. I have experience in multimodal therapeutic interventions, with experience in behavioral sciences and biological research.

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Pavel Contreras
Pavel Contreras

Perú (NPGH)

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Shakeyrah Elmore
Shakeyrah Elmore

Jamaica (GHES) Ms. Elmore is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Louisville, School of Public Health and Information Sciences. Her overall professional goals is to engage in teaching and research that contributes to eliminating health disparities globally and to achieve health equity. She is especially interested in addressing structural and social determinants of health in vulnerable populations including women, child

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Magdiel Habila
Magdiel Habila

Nigeria (GHES) Magdiel Habila is a doctoral candidate in Epidemiology and a masters candidate in Health and Pharmaceutical Outcomes. She is interested in cancer epidemiology and the ways in which pharmacoeconomics can be applied to address the barriers to health that African women experience. Ms. Habila’s current work is a mixed methods study which aims to identify barriers to health equity in the primary and secondary prevention of cervical cancer in the United States and in Nigeria.

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Florence Jaguga
Florence Jaguga

Kenya (NPGH) Dr. Florence Jaguga is a consultant psychiatrist working at a tertiary level health facility in western, Kenya. She heads the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Rehabilitation Unit at that facility and is also a National Executive Council member of the Kenya Psychiatric Association. Her current research work focuses on testing evidence based approaches to help integrate substance use disorder treatment and prevention into primary care.

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Anthony Kayiira
Anthony Kayiira

Uganda (NPGH) I am an MD specializing in reproductive medicine. I am passionate about protecting the reproductive future of childhood cancer survivors. I will use a mixed method approach that is predominantly qualitative, to describe the extent of reproductive failure among survivors of childhood cancer in Uganda. My study will also explore the knowledge gaps, experiences, perceptions and attitude of parents and health workers to cancer related reproductive failure.

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Claudia Kazmirak
Claudia Kazmirak

Perú (NPGH) My project will explore psychosocial determinants of disease burden of HIV, particularly stigma, self-perceived risk of disease acquisition, and barriers to care and preventative heathcare services among transgender women (TW) and their sexual partners in Lima, Peru in an effort to understand why these groups are at particularly heightened risk of HIV.

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Esther Kip
Esther Kip

Malawi (UJMT) Esther Chimwemwe Kip (PhD) is a former Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partnerships for Mental Health Capacity Building (SHARP) Program Research Fellow. Her current qualitative study builds directly and logically on her prior formative research project. The objective of her current study is to culturally adapt the evidence-based psychosocial screening tool for adolescents living with HIV/AIDS in Malawi. She will be based at University of North Carolina (UNC) Project in Lilongwe, Malawi

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Jepchirchir Kiplagat
Jepchirchir Kiplagat

Kenya (NPGH) My name is Jepchirchir Kiplagat, a Research Program Manager at the AMPATH Program, one of the largest comprehensive HIV and chronic disease care program in western Kenya. I have over 10 years’ experience managing collaborative research. My proposed Fogarty Fellowship project aims to assess the feasibility and acceptability of integrating hypertension and diabetes management with HIV care for older adults in a tertiary facility with specialized care services in western Kenya.

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Breanne Lott
Breanne Lott

Ethiopia (GHES) Breanne Lott is a health promotion scientist studying community-based cervical cancer screening approaches in Ethiopia including home-based HPV self-sampling. During the fellowship year, Breanne and colleagues at Addis Ababa University will use focus groups to explore screening preferences for women living with and without HIV and will then pilot an intervention to increase screening uptake.

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Ailín Cabrera Matta
Ailín Cabrera Matta

Perú (GloCal) Ailín is a pediatric dentist with a PhD in Public Health. During the fellowship, she will use quantitative and qualitative methods to identify the potential barriers and strengths to developing a training program on infant oral health for nurses working with children during the first two years of life. Her career goal is to contribute towards the development of public health strategies to address early childhood caries and promote infant oral health in resource-limited settings.

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Ernesha Mazinyo
Ernesha Mazinyo

South Africa (GloCal) Ernesha Webb Mazinyo, PhD, MPH, has led efforts in health systems strengthening in East and Southern Africa over the past decade. She is an implementation scientist who aims to improve the uptake of evidence-based interventions, in real-world settings. Ernesha will spend her fellowship year on research using implementation science methods and frameworks to study the promotion, adoption and integration of STI Point-of-Care testing into antenatal care services in South Africa

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Cosmas Mugambi
Cosmas Mugambi

Kenya (NPGH) Cosmas Mugambi, DDS, MSc. PhD, is a Kenyan Public Health Researcher with interests in infectious diseases and maternal and child health. For his Fogarty year he will be focusing on interventions for optimizing PrEP uptake by PWID and their sexual and injecting partners in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Missaye Mulatie Mengstie
Missaye Mulatie Mengstie

Ethiopia (GHES) Missaye Mulatie Mengstie (Ph.D) is an Associate Professor of Social Psychology in Department of Psychology at University of Gondar, Ethiopia. His career goal is to become part of a cadre of researchers who address global health challenges in low-income countries. His current research project focuses on improving clinical cardiac care at University of Gondar Specialized Referral Hospital by assessing the influence of organizational culture.

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Aldina Mesic
Aldina Mesic

Ghana (NPGH)

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Tsitsi Monera- Penduka
Tsitsi Monera- Penduka

Zimbabwe (GHES) Tsitsi Monera- Penduka, PhD, AAHIVP is a Senior Lecturer and Consultant Pharmacist at the University of Zimbabwe. Her project will implement electronic herbal medication reconciliation into HIV clinical practice and evaluate its utility and acceptability among HIV clinicians. The vision is to establish an electronic herbal medicine use database that will help to rapidly identify herbal medicines that should be prioritised for further safety and efficacy assessments.

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Dalau Nkamba Mukadi
Dalau Nkamba Mukadi

DRC (UJMT) I am Associated Professor at the Kinshasa School of Public Health in the Democratic Republic of Congo. During my fellowship year, I will use mixed methods, with an explanatory sequential design where a qualitative phase will follow an initial quantitative phase to better understand factors associated with the sustainability of syphilis screening and treatment, and HIV screening during first antenatal care visit in clinics that participated in the preventing congenital syphilis project

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Stephen Okoboi
Stephen Okoboi

Uganda (GloCal) Stephen Okoboi, MPH, PhD, is a Deputy Head of Research, Senior Research Administrator and a research scientist at the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI). His research interests are ART adherence, HIV self-testing, implementation science, health economics and differentiated ART delivery models. In the past, he worked as a research manager at IDI where he strengthened research systems and processes that have consistently supported implementation of high-quality research.

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Anushka 	Patel
Anushka Patel

India (HBNU) Anushka Patel is a clinical psychologist, specializing in trauma-focused assessment and treatment in low-and-middle-income countries. Anushka has studied universal and culturally relevant trauma reactions among survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) from Indian slums. She plans to build on this fieldwork by developing and pilot-testing a culturally adapted intervention for GBV survivors in Goa, India during her fellowship.

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Arathi Rao
Arathi Rao

India (GHES) Arathi Rao is the Coordinator of MPH Program at Prasanna School of Public Health, Manipal, India. Her areas of interest are women’s health and health literacy. Her career goal is to work towards elimination of gender disparities for access to quality health care. Her project focuses on examining the lived experiences of the double burden of cardiac disease and COVID-19 among women in a coastal district of South India.

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Tina	Samsamshariat
Tina Samsamshariat

Perú (GHES) This project aims to use photovoice—a community-based participatory research process—to understand how CHWs in the Loreto region of Peru have adapted to providing maternal and neonatal health during the COVID-19 pandemic. By understanding how CHWs develop resilience, government resources can be better shifted to support gaps in healthcare infrastructure.

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Shrinkhala Shrestha
Shrinkhala Shrestha

Nepal (NPGH)

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Rebecca Slotkin
Rebecca Slotkin

Perú (GHES) Rebecca Slotkin is an internal medicine physician. She completed her residency training at Yale University and is interested in how chronic inflammation/infection impacts non-communicable diseases. Her research site will be Lima, Peru. She will be working with Peru's National HIV/STI and Hepatitis Program to assess the capacity of the infectious disease trained-physicians, who provide primary care for persons living with HIV in Peru, to manage musculoskeletal diseases.

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Philip Smith
Philip Smith

South Africa (GloCal) Philip Smith (MSocSc, PhD) is a Behavioral Scientist at the Desmond Tutu Health Foundation, housed in the Dept. of Medicine, University of Cape Town. Philip’s research has focused on behavioral economics in limited resource communities in Cape Town with the aim of improving health-seeking behaviors in hard-to-reach populations, including young men. He has investigated novel approaches to the problem of delivering HIV services to and supporting health outcomes.

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Katherine	Torres
Katherine Torres

Perú (GHES) Biologist with a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Researcher at the Institute of Tropical Medicine -Alexander von Humboldt and the Faculty of Sciences and Philosophy at UPCH. With experience in immunology, molecular and cellular biology of parasites, experience acquired during postgraduate studies. She has taken theoretical and practical courses in genetic characterization of Plasmodium, and immunology against malaria.

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Matthew Weingard
Matthew Weingard

South Africa (VECD) Matthew Weingard MD, MPH is a faculty child and adolescent psychiatrist at Duke University where he works primarily with in-hospital pediatric mental health consultation, autoimmune brain disorders, and pediatric mental health collaborative care. His current scholarly work expands assessments and treatments of pediatric mental illness among non-specialist providers within LMICs. His identified site is Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and University of Cape Town.

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Kalin Werner
Kalin Werner

South Africa (GloCal) Kalin is a health economist based in Cape Town. Her research aims to improve the delivery of health care services under severe resource constraints through the lens of decision analysis and effectiveness. She will spend her fellowship year undertaking a comprehensive assessment of the strength of preferences among communities and EMS personnel for attributes of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest management in Western Cape, South Africa.

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Lisa Woodson
Lisa Woodson

Perú (GHES)

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