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.