Qualitative Research Mobile Implementation Officer
Caroline Walker studied politics and philosophy, and has a Master’s in Justice and Transformation from the University of Cape Town. Before working for MSF, she worked in advocacy and communication on HIV and Tuberculosis in contexts of urban poverty and informal settlements. She has been with MSF since 2015, starting in a health promotion capacity working in South Africa, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Eswatini, Iraq and Lebanon. This included working in sexual violence, sexual reproductive health, HIV and Tuberculosis, Hepatitis C, refugee health, WASH, AMR, COVID-19, and community engagement. She is currently working in MSF’s operational research unit, LuxOR, and the Southern African Medical Unit, in a qualitative research position.
Lecturer and Head, Department of Governance and Development Studies
Girma Senbetie Asefawu is a Lecturer and Acting Head of the Department of Governance and Development Studies at Wolkite University, where he has taught Governance and Development Studies courses for 6 years. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Regional and Local Development Studies from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He volunteers with UnaVision /ThinkCamp as a Research Project Coordinator, the Vision Institute of Civic and Social Development as a Leadership Trainer, and the Peace and Development Centre as a Dialogue Session Moderator. His research interests include regional and local economic development, migration, climate change, food security, and environmental governance.
Field Epidemiologist/ Public Health Emergency Response Coordinator
.Gole Ejeta Yembo is a Field Epidemiologist with over 10 years of experience in public health management. From 2017-2010, he led the combined Ethiopian/National Onchocerciases Control and Guinea Worm Eradication Programs. Following this, he worked as national public emergency responder. Gole was then deployed to West Africa in 2015 to support the Ebola outbreak response in Liberia. He also led UNICEF‘s interagency emergency coordination in response to over 1.5 million internally displaced people in Ethiopia. Currently, he is a WHO Consultant in Bangladesh and supports the emergency responses to various crises including the Rohingyan refugee crisis, COVID 19 pandemic, cand other health challenges including cholera, dengue, diphtheria and measles.
Peter Kisaakye is a Research Fellow of the Population Council in Kenya. He is currently the Country Principal Investigator of a project on ‘Health and Life Experiences of Children and Young People in Refugee Settings in Uganda (HALE)’. Peter is a co-author on the recently published paper in the Journal of Migration and Health on access to HIV/AIDS or Tuberculosis care among refugees in Kampala, Uganda, which explores the enablers and barriers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Peter holds a PhD in Demography from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Abeer Alabsi is a researcher in the Better Assistance in Crises (BASIC) Research programme that is led by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). She is also the Senior National Consultant for the Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluation on Yemen. Abeer has 21 years of experience in designing and managing range of complex development and humanitarian projects. She is high skilled in areas such as gender equality, social protection, WASH, livelihood, good governance, conflict transformation, and civil society and local authority empowerment. Abeer was the Country Representative for Progressio-UK for nine years. She holds an Advanced Diploma in International Development and Gender from Sana’a university.
National Professional Officer for noncommunicable diseases and mental health
Edwina A. Zoghbi is a public health professional whose work focuses on matters of mental health, noncommunicable diseases and nutrition. She have been working at the World Health Organization in Lebanon since 2013. Edwina supports the development and implementation of the national health strategy, in particular on the nutrition the mental health components. She also works on national awareness campaigns, various capacity building for health and mental health professionals, amongst activities. Edwina hold a BA in Psychology, a BSc in Nutrition, a Master’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s in Public Health from the American University of Beirut.
Elizabeth Onitolo currently works with UNICEF Nigeria as Social Behaviour Change Specialist. She holds both a Master’s in Sustainable Development and a Master of Business Administration. Prior to working with UNICEF, Elizabeth worked with UNAIDS and UNDP as a Program Associate, the National Institute of Medical Research, and Research International. She is passionate about working with communities and individuals to catalyse change for better health and development outcomes for children and women.
Michael Kunnuji is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Lagos where he has taught for 15 years. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Ilorin in 1999, and his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the University of Lagos in 2003 and 2010 respectively. He has led studies in the areas of adolescent and youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, intimate partner/domestic violence, humanitarian contexts, child health, and health systems and policies. In 2019 and 2020, he led Nigeria’s first qualitative Verbal and Social Autopsy of under-five deaths in collaboration with relevant MDAs. His works are published in several peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Aung Than Oo is public health medical officer and youth peacebuilder. He holds two Master’s degrees: A degree in public health from the Tsinghua University and BRAC University, and a Master’s of Public Administration from Aldersgate College.. He is also WHO TDR Scholarship alumni. Aung Than Oo is currently working as Township Projects Coordinator for info-demic management at the World Health Organization Joint Cooperation with MMA. With over 6 years of work experience, he now specialises in humanitarian services support and community development research for peacebuilding and dialogue for sustainable peace action.
Rya Celine Ducusin is a communications professional working for development and humanitarian organisations. She has worked on initiatives around gender, climate justice, local governance, human rights, disaster risk reduction, and humanitarian crises. Rya is passionate about advocating for inclusive, gender-just, and community-driven communication initiatives.
At present, she works for CARE Philippines and Start Network as the Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist and Communications Officer respectively. As a humanitarian practitioner, she brings experience from working with local communities at CARE and managing digital platforms at Start Network.
Lecturer and head of the Research and Community Services Institution
Sadar Ginting is a Lecturer and Head of the Research and Community Services Institution at Efarina University, Indonesia. In 2013, he was also a Health and Nutrition Project Coordinator for World Vision, Nias Island-Indonesia. Sadar holds a PhD from the Faculty of Public Health, Naresuan University, Thailand, where he wrote a dissertation entitled “Developing an integrated nutrition intervention for children under five in areas affected by Indonesia’s Mt. Sinabung eruptions.” In 2019, he was an Asian Graduate Student Fellow at the Asian Research Institute (ARI) of the National University of Singapore and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Indonesian Policy Studies, Indonesia. In late 2021, he was an awardee of the VLIR-UOS scholarship in the International Training on Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Qualitative Research Methods at University of Antwerp, Belgium.
Obindra B. Chand is a health and social science researcher at HERD International, a Nepal-based research and development organisation. He is involved in several research projects at HERD International, primarily qualitative research using ethnographic, qualitative, and participatory methods. An anthropologist by training, his research interests and engagements include the fields of medical anthropology, global health, health systems, disability studies, humanitarian crisis, implementation and access to health care services and facilities for diverse marginalized and vulnerable groups, including people with disabilities in cross-cultural and low resource settings. He teaches medical anthropology and medical sociology at Faculty of Public Health, Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences (MMHIS), at Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He was a 2019 fellow of Migration and Health in South Asia (Misha).
Ravi Kharka is a professional humanitarian and development worker wish a focus on Asia. He has worked on various issues in Afghanistan, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, and Bhutan for the last 15 years. Ravi is presently working with Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief and Development (ACBAR), which has 177 National and International NGO Members, and promotes localisation in humanitarian action, policy advocacy and capacity building of national NGOs in Afghanistan, and advocates for Global Grant Bargain Commitments.
Nancy Paola Chaves has more than 15 years of experience working with vulnerable communities who manage their own territories. Firstly as a practitioner, and then as a researcher. She is a lecturer at the Universidad del Valle, Colombia, and focuses on in political studies and conflict resolution. She holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands, where she investigated the political strategies of the indigenous group, Nasa, in the northern Cauca region of Colombia, one of the most violent regions of the country. Dr Chaves also work as a consultant on Climate Change and Gender and Social Inclusion for international non-governmental organisations.
Nirma Hernández Ramos has been a volunteer since she was 15 years old. She works in communications for development, crisis and emergency response. She has developed research from case studies on the impact of the humanitarian crisis on vulnerable groups during COVID 19 in Venezuela, and is currently promoting resilience through volunteering work. Nirma has collaborated with multiple stakeholder groups to address suffering of Venezuelans, specifically collaboratingwith community teams from Caritas de Venezuela and NGOs from the Venezuela Humanitarian Platform to strengthening organisational, operational, as well as communication and advocacy capacities.
Aisha is a lecturer and acting head of the Department of Journalism and Communication, Makerere University, where she has taught strategic, social and behaviour change communication for 16 years. She holds a PhD in Communication from Makerere University. Aisha was a fellow of the Salzburg (Austria) Academy on Global Media, Democracy and Social Change, 2008 and has also held visiting research fellowships at the University of Connecticut, USA (2019) and the University of Örebro, Sweden (2012-2014). As part of community service, she has been working with a community of volunteers, called the Next Big Thing, to support Uganda’s Covid-19 communication efforts.
Fiston has a degree in public health, 12 years’ experience managing public health promotion and community engagement teams in different humanitarian contexts including response to outbreaks (cholera, malaria, Ebola, Measles, COVID-19); natural disaster (hurricane, earthquake and volcano eruption) and crisis. Fiston currently works with Medecins Sans Frontiers, UNICEF and with Oxfam in the GHT (Global Humanitarian Team) and has worked in DR Congo, Chad, Haiti, Nigeria and Central African Republic.
Kyaw’s background is public health with extensive experience in administration of public health and humanitarian programmes. Kyaw holds a Master’s degree from the School of Public Health, Curtin University in Australia as an Australia Award Scholarship student. He has worked for the UNOPS, Jhpiego, World Vision and International Organization for Migration for over 9 years, with a focus on multisectoral coordination, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH), Nutrition and Health System Strengthening and humanitarian response programme in Myanmar
Patricka is humanitarian worker with a background in health systems, social protection, gender, trafficking in persons, and disaster response. Prior to the pandemic she conducted a digital ethnographic study on vaccine acceptance and hesitancy among Thai online discussion platforms. While working as technical officer for the pandemic response at WHO Thailand, Patricka initiated infodemic management response team consisting of governmental counterparts and other UN agencies to apply big data analytics and social listening tools for the design of national COVID-19 vaccine communications strategies. She is currently working as a technical advisor for Thailand’s digital crisis communications platform ‘Thai Roo Soo COVID-19” as part of the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, while at the same time conducting qualitative mixed methodology research on vaccine perceptions among indigenous sea gypsy communities in the southern part of Thailand.
Mariam received an MSc in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the University of Khartoum in 2017 with a scholarship of the Christian-Michelsen-Institute in Norway. She worked as Lecturer of Medical Anthropology and Sociology at private colleges in Khartoum and published several papers and a book based on her thesis “Interaction between health institutions in knowledge and medical practices in South Kordofan/Nuba Mountains”. The book was published by the Christian-Michelsen-Institute in 2019. Mariam research focuses on epidemics, health systems, environmental health and health governance in the context of protracted conflicts like Sudan.
Rasha is a Sudanese citizen with more than 12 years of national and international experience in humanitarian, emergency, and post-disaster response from most duty stations in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East having worked with a number of UN agencies and international organisations. Rasha has extensive expertise in protection, humanitarian coordination, and Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), Gender in Humanitarian Action and gender-based violence, and accountability to affected populations (AAP). Rasha holds a first degree in Rural Development from the University of Khartoum and currently an MSc student of Management of Development at the International Training Centre of the ILO in Italy.
Riaz is from Sindh region of Pakistan. He is working in Oxfam’s Global Humanitarian Team as a Public Health and Community Engagement Team Lead. He did Masters in Sociology, MSc (Hons) in Chemistry and did many courses related to water, sanitation, hygiene, public health, basic epidemiology and disease outbreak controls during humanitarian responses. He has been working for over ten years in humanitarian responses focusing on water, sanitation, health and Hygiene in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Nigeria, Kenya, Somalia and Mozambique.
Luqman Hakeem is a consultant and social scientist with UNICEF on Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). His research interests are social data in relation to community perceptions and experiences throughout ongoing polio outbreaks and the emerging COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, working for 10 years with the planning and development department, Government of Pakistan as peacebuilding and conflict resolution expert in the most lawless, cultural and traditional tribal belt of the Pashtun population. He holds a Doctorate in Social Sciences and has merged the feasibility studies of different development projects with tribal norms, values and local traditions for the socio-economic development across areas of conflict.
Juliana Silva Corrêa is a public health researcher with 10+ years of experience conducting qualitative research and managing transnational research networks. Global health, health inequities, violence, AMR, and the social impacts of epidemics are her main areas of expertise and interest. She is a postdoctoral researcher on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), member of the international research team “One Health: Strengthening Healthcare Management”, a joint project between the University of Copenhagen and the University of São Paulo. On this project she is responsible for exploring public and private stakeholders’ perceptions on AMR and identifying barriers and facilitators for implementing Brazil’s National Action Plan on AMR.
Stephanie Bishop is a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer with UNICEF based in Barbados. She has worked for over a decade in communications and monitoring and evaluation. In her work in humanitarian action she contributed to the 2017 emergency response in hurricane-affected Caribbean countries, the ongoing Venezuelan Migrant crisis in Trinidad and Tobago and the COVID-19 pandemic across the sub-region focusing on humanitarian performance monitoring, post-disaster needs assessments, and situation reporting. Stephanie is a Fulbright Scholar, with a Master’s in International Studies – Communications for Development and a Bachelors in Media and Communication.
Heran is a senior gender advisor in USAID Transform: Primary Health Care Activity in Ethiopia. Anchored in evidence-based and participatory research approaches, Heran successfully led the integration of gender and social inclusion dimensions in programme activities by building capacities of health workers on gender and health, prevention, and the response of gender-based violence and male engagement in antenatal care and family planning. Heran also received a Certificate of Appreciation and award from the Ministry of Health for championing gender equality and her inputs in the development of national strategies and manuals. Heran holds a dual Master’s degree in Gender Studies and General Public Health from Addis Ababa University and Jimma University respectively.
Getachew Belaineh is a WASH and Public Health Specialist with over 20 years of experience. He worked in government structures from health centres to Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia for more than 12 years. He then joined to work on programmes led by UNICEF and WHO, CDC HQ, Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM), MSH, SNV Netherlands Development Organization and others. Getachew ensures the successful implementation and viability of WASH, malaria, Expanded Programme for Immunisation (EPI) programmes funded through key donors such as GFATM, USAID, DFID, European Commission (EC), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands (EKN), DGIS, Dubai Cares, etc. Getachew has Master’s degree in public health, a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health and an advanced diploma in Sanitary Sciences. He is currently in the last year of graduation in Business Management (BA) degree.
Noor Kutubul Alam Siddiquee is World Health Organisation Fellow for the South-East Asia region with the Public Health Foundation of India. Noor is focusing on health systems research in Bangladesh and is a Project Manager for the HEKS/EPER Romania Foundation supporting the Rohingya refugee response. He has a passion for applying broader social science approaches in public health and has direct knowledge and experiences in doing this in an emergency context.
A Bengali native speaker with a working knowledge of English, Noor has a Bachelor and a Master degree in Anthropology from Jahangirnagar University. He is keen to pursue his doctoral-level training in antimicrobial resistance and trajectory.
Ganesh Dhungana is a doctoral candidate in Disaster Preparedness Mitigation and Management at the Asian Institute of Technology. He is the Executive Director of Action Nepal, an NGO that undertakes various development projects. Ganesh is also the recipient of of the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) Fellowship award and Development Leadership Scholar Award – 2018 from OPEC Fund for International Development. He was the speaker at the 17th Melaka Youth Dialogue organised by the World Assembly of Youth in Malaysia, speaker at the 22nd Session of The Youth Assembly organised by Friendship Ambassador at New York University and Panellist at World Youth Forum Organised by the Government of Egypt.
Salome A. Bukachi is a social/medical anthropologist with over 20 years of experience working on infectious diseases with a focus on community knowledge and practices in relation to livestock and zoonotic diseases, gender issues, nutrition anthropology (specifically cultural aspects of foodways, food behaviour, food safety and food security), health systems, socio-economic and cultural/behavioural aspects of infectious diseases and development. She lectures in Anthropology at the University of Nairobi and supervises students undertaking research. She also works with various stakeholders both local and international in undertaking research and development on anthropological issues.
Jude Okiria is a health educator with the Ugandan Ministry of Health with a degree in Organisations and Communications Studies) and a Diploma in Social Work and Social Administration. He was awarded a golden independence medal for taking part in the control of Ebola outbreaks, under the Risk Communication pillar.
He has trained and mentored technocrats at the sub-national, national and international levels (Global Partnership Initiated Biosecurity Academia for Controlling Health Threats-GIBACHT) on social/behaviour change programming, and crisis/emergency risk communication. His biggest achievement was helping Kween and Kapchorwa districts establish response structures for Marburg Viral Disease as part of the initial team of four people, in 2017.
Samuel Kapingidza is a consultant on social protection and community engagement and accountability. His research interests are in the political economy of social protection in sub-Saharan Africa. Samuel holds a Doctorate in Development Studies from University of the Western Cape in South Africa. He was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. He has several years experience of working in government and international development and humanitarian agencies. He is passionate about people-centred, ground-up, two-way communication and community engagement approaches in both emergencies and development policies.
Petronella Mugoni is Senior Officer in the Community Engagement and Accountability & Protection, Gender and Inclusion at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Southern Africa Country Cluster Delegation. She also supports Red Cross COVID-19 risk communication and community engagement (RCCE), gender and inclusion analysis, and protection work in 10 countries. Petronella studied for her PhD in Culture and Media Studies at The Centre for Communication, Media and Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal. She merged research interests in public health promotion, mass media reception and use, and gender studies to investigate young women’s experiences of receiving multidrug-resistant tuberculosis treatment and information in a South African community where inhabitants hold strong cultural beliefs and practices which impact health-seeking and treatment adherence behaviours.
Samiratou Ouedraogo is a researcher in population and global health with an interest in health system improvement. Samiratou was nominated as a Health Systems Global “Emerging Voice for Global Health 2020”. She advocates for health equity and social justice and co-developed the Women in Global Health Francophone Initiative and leads the chapter in West Africa promoting francophone women contributing to decision making in health. She holds a Masters degree and a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Heath from the University of Burgundy (France); and a Doctoral Degree in Pharmacy from the Mohammed V University in Rabat (Morocco). Samiratou has benefited from post-PhD training at MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (University of Glasgow, Scotland), the University of Montreal (FRQS Posdoctoral fellow), the “Institut national de santé publique du Québec” (INSPQ) and McGill University (CIHR Health System Impact Fellow).
Chimezie Anueyiagu is a health education/risk communication officer with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). He is responsible for the development of risk communications strategies/plans, messages, engaging key stakeholders and communities, and supporting research around social and behavioural change communication. He currently leads the risk communication pillar for Lassa fever response in Nigeria. Chimezie holds a degree in Education Economics and is a member of the West Africa Social Science Epidemic Response Network (WASSERN). He is also a fellow of the Institute for Humanitarian Studies and Social Development (IHSD) and has attended Public Health professional courses internationally.