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Maimunat Alex-Adeomi

Member since 10 May, 2012

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I am a medical doctor and public health professional with significant experience in non-profit management, program management, quality improvement and healthcare service delivery in Sub-Saharan Africa (West Africa) and the US.

I work mainly with undeserved and vulnerable populations and am involved in health systems strengthening efforts and initiatives in SSA and other low and middle income regions.







Junior Bazile

Member since 12 Oct, 2010

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Junior Bazile, a native of Haiti, is a physician practicing infectious disease medicine and Public Health. His professional career has been motivated by a strong sense of responsibility to use his knowledge, skills and experience in the service of others. He went to Medical School in his home country and after med school, Dr Bazile has worked with Partners in Health (PIH)/Zanmi Lasante (ZL) in Haiti for 5 years as Medical Director and HIV/AIDS/TB/STI Program Manager in the clinic of Boucan Carre in the Central Plateau of Haiti. In 2005 he earned a “Diplome d’Universite” degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Victor Segalen in Bordeaux, France and obtained a Fulbright scholarship in 2007 to pursue a Master’s of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where he graduated in 2009. From 2007 to 2010 he also obtained a Fellowship in Global Health Delivery under a collaboration between Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, USA and the Ministry of Health and Population in Haiti. Over the summer of 2008, for his internship in Public Health, he implemented a hand washing with soap project in a very poor village in Iquitos, Peru with a group of students and professors from UAB. He Worked in Burundi for over one year from 2009 to 2010 with Village Health Works (PIH supported project) as Clinical Director and from December 2010 to July 2014 he has worked with the PIH’s sister organization, Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (APZU) team in Malawi as the Clinical Director and Community Health Director. While in Malawi, he also worked in Mexico as a consultant in Community Health for the PIH team there. He currently lives in New York, USA with his wife Linda. He’s a consultant in Health Systems and Institutional Capacity Development for the organization The Bassiouni Group. He’s also a singer, songwriter, poet, keyboardist and guitarist using his musical skills to write, play and sing in order to educate others and fight stigmatization and discrimination that associated with HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other ailments that affect mostly the poorest of the poor. He released, in December 2014, his first album of songs, which has a health education, prevention and social awareness focus on Haiti.

Joaquin Blaya, PhD

Member since 03 Nov, 2008

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Joaquin Blaya, PhD, is currently at the Human Diagnosis Project (www.humandx.org) and a Research Fellow at the Brigham & Women's Hospital. His work focuses on the use of IT in improving health care in resource poor settings and in promoting the use of open source software and open standards to improve local capacity building and interoperability between information systems.

Catharina Boehme

Member since 14 Sep, 2015

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Dr Catharina Boehme leads FIND, an international non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland that supports the development and delivery of much-needed diagnostic tests for diseases of poverty, including tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis C, HIV and neglected tropical diseases. Since its creation in 2003, FIND has supported the delivery of 11 new tests and created an enabling environment for countless more through its specimen banks, reagent development and better market visibility. FIND’s achievements have helped increase the global prioritization of diagnostics and in many cases revolutionized the diagnostics landscape. Dr Boehme has her M.D. in Internal Medicine from Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, and diplomas in Public Health and in Management & Leadership. Prior to joining FIND in 2005, Dr Boehme worked as programme coordinator for the Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases in Munich and established a TB research unit at Mbeya Medical Research Program in Tanzania.

Pierre Bush, PhD

Member since 20 Apr, 2013

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Graduated in May, 2014 from Walden Univeristy with a PhD in public health/epidemiology. 2005 graduate of the University of TN Health Science Center in Memphis with a BS in Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
Presently:
1. Independent Principal Investigator at Bright Minds in Epidemiology Inc. specializing in Infectious Diseases (malaria, TB, HIV/AIDS). NCD: Leukemias, HD & diabetes.
2. Travel Medical Laboratory Scientist at Club Staffing (AMN Healthcare).
My researchgate profile at: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Pierre_Bush

Christina Congdon

Member since 11 Jun, 2016

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Christina Congdon is currently a Doctoral of Nursing Practice candidate at Rutgers University School of Nursing, where she is studying to become a Midwife with a specialization in HIV. She aims to focus her doctoral clinical work on the effects of following a whole foods, plant-based diet during pregnancy and the health outcomes for both mother and baby, as well as prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in the US.

Christina earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies from Stony Brook University in 2011. She has worked as a Surgical/Trauma ICU Registered Nurse in various New York City/borough hospitals since that time and continues to do so currently at NYU Hospital in Manhattan.

During the Ebola outbreak, Christina joined Partners in Health where she worked as an Emergency Response Nurse in Harper, Liberia. The scope of work encompassed not only operational and clinical tasks in an Ebola Treatment Unit, but overall health systems strengthening as well. Christina was actively involved in the construction and opening of a new Maternal-Child Health care center as well as graduate nurse training and curriculum development at Tubman University School of Nursing.

Inge Corless

Member since 07 May, 2009

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Inge B. Corless, RN, PHD FAAN, is a Professor in the Graduate Program in Nursing at the MGH Institute of Health Professions at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She received her Diploma in Nursing from the Bellevue Schools of Nursing, a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Boston University, an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D. from the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of California-San Francisco. Dr. Corless is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Corless joined the Institute faculty in 1993 after teaching at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, The University of Michigan, and Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. Dr. Corless also has served as the Program Director of St. Peter's Hospice in Albany New York during its' formative years. Prior to that she practiced as a staff nurse at Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital, and in the Emergency Ward at Bellevue Hospital both in New York. She has also served as a short-term consultant of WHO at the Western Pacific Regional Office in Manila. At the MGH Institute Dr. Corless has co-directed an HIV/AIDS track and has made courses available via a distance-learning format. Dr. Corless also teaches the Living with Death, Living with Grief course. A member of the UCSF HIV/AIDS nursing research network, Dr. Corless is also a member of the Partners-Fenway-Shattuck Center for AIDS research.

Masoud Dara, MD

Member since 11 Oct, 2008

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Dr. Masoud Dara is a Senior Advisor of the World Health Organization Office at the European Union.

Dr. Masoud Dara is a physician and public health expert from Belgium. In addition to his medical degree, he has accomplished several courses and postgraduate studies including courses at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Dara’s professional career began as a clinician responsible for diagnosis and treating tuberculosis patients and implementing DOTS in rural and urban areas of Iran. Since 1998, Dr. Dara has been working with multiple national and international organizations implementing TB control programmes, public health interventions and emergency response. He has worked as the Médecins Sans Frontières programme manager and medical coordinator of several TB control projects in Central Asia from 1998 to 2001. From 2001-2003 Dr. Dara worked as a WHO Medical Officer in the Russian Federation providing technical assistance to national health authorities and TB control services across the country. From 2003-2010, Dr. Dara worked as a senior consultant of KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation in different countries mainly in the fields of MDR-TB, TB/HIV and TB-IC. Since 2008 Dr. Dara has been appointed as the Chair of scientific working group of TB control in prisons of International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases. From 2004 to 2010, he has provided technical assistance to different countries as a GLC consultant and MDR-TB and TB-IC trainer. Since 2010, Dr. Dara has joined WHO providing technical assistance to the Member States in prevention and control of drug resistant TB. Since 2012, he is based at WHO Office at European Union in Brussels and currently functions as a Senior Advisor for communicable diseases and emergency response including Ebola. Dr. Dara speaks English, French, Russian, Persian and Dutch.

Jim Gallarda

Member since 22 Jan, 2017

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Jim Gallarda is a Senior Program Officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, WA. He has over 25 years of industry experience in development of commercial infectious disease and oncology-related companion diagnostics. During his tenure at Abbott Laboratories and Roche Molecular Diagnostics, he oversaw multiple teams developing immunodiagnostic & PCR systems for HIV-1, HIV-2, HCV, HBV and West Nile Virus. While at Roche Molecular, Jim obtained an MBA and eventually lead its global business for Genomics & Oncology. Afterwards, he moved into Novartis Pharmaceuticals as a diagnostic lead overseeing development of a companion diagnostic for tyrosine kinase inhibitors in chronic myeloid leukemia. He now serves as a diagnostic lead for the Foundation’s efforts in tuberculosis, and has oversight for investments in next generation sequencing and other molecular applications in global health

Monique Germain

Member since 05 Jan, 2012

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Registered nurse with a specialty in community health nursing.
Graduate Certificate- international health
Certified Nurse Educator
Board Certified-Advanced Public Health Nurse
Experience in study abroad, international exchange programs.
Academic Health Programs Coordinator- Faculte des Sciences de L'Universite Episcopale d'Haiti

Christopher Gilpin, PhD, MPH

Member since 03 Dec, 2010

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Dr Christopher Gilpin has over twenty years experience as a Microbiology Laboratory Scientist managing diagnostic laboratories in Australia and the Middle-East. Chris completed studies in England for his doctorate in the molecular diagnosis and epidemiology of tuberculosis and was formerly Head of the TB Supranational Reference Laboratory in Brisbane, Australia. He has extensive experience in TB laboratory capacity strengthening and training in Africa, Asia and in the Pacific Islands. Chris holds a master of Public Health degree focused on tuberculosis and migration. He relocated to Geneva, Switzerland in 2007 to work as the Global Laboratory Manager for the International Organization for Migration and is currently employed by the World Health Organization as a Scientist in TB Diagnostics and Laboratory Strengthening Unit (TBL) of the StopTB Department. Chris is part of the team at WHO leading the roll-out of recently endorsed Xpert MTB/RIF assay.

A/Prof. Terry HANNAN

Member since 19 Aug, 2010

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• Consultant Physician and Health Informatician.
• Fellow Australian College of Health Informatics (2002-)
• Fellow American College of Health Informatics (2004-)
• President of the Australian College of Health Informatics (2007-2009).
• Member AMIA International Affairs Committee
• Medical Director of the transfer of the Johns Hopkins Oncology Clinical Information System from Johns Hopkins to an Australian tertiary hospital.(1984-1992)
• Co-Founder of the Mosoriot Medical Record System an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) project in Kenya that preceded the AMPATH and OpenMRS e-record systems. This is currently the largest open-source web based EMR for developing nations. Main focus has been on end-user acceptability of eHealth technologies. Many peer-reviewed publications on Health Informatics.
• Clinical Associate Professor, School of Human Health Sciences and Menzies Institute, University of Tasmania, Launceston Campus.
• Invited Visiting (Sabbatical) Professor (Sep-Nov 2010) Modena University, Italy.
• Multiple peer-reviewed publications on health informatics in journals.
• Health Informatics Consultant
• Moderator GHDonline. (www.ghdonline.org )
• Member of the mHealth Working Group (mHealth Working Group Boston, Massachusetts)

Paul A. Jensen, PhD, PE, CIH

Member since 28 Apr, 2008

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Captain, U.S. Public Health Service
Engineer Director
Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE)
National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP)
Office of Infectious Diseases (OID)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
1600 Clifton Road NE, Mail Stop E-10
Atlanta, Georgia 30333 USA

Douglas Krakower

Member since 02 Feb, 2011

Sungano Mharakurwa

Member since 19 Apr, 2012

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Sungano is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences of Africa University, a Senior Research Fellow of the Biomedical Research and Training Institute and Senior Research Associate of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he is investigating public health strategies for delaying or minimizing the evolution of Plasmodium falciparum resistance to antimalarial drugs. Currently his team is examining the field dynamics and determinants of drug-resistant P. falciparum alleles in human and vector phases in order to identify potential targets for containment approaches. Earlier work included the relationship of Plasmodium falciparum transmission control on levels of multigenic drug resistance. Parallel studies explore the development of non-invasive methods for the detection of P. falciparum malaria using human saliva and urine samples.
Source: http://malaria.jhsph.edu/people/faculty/?gf_id=4009

Naomi Muinga

Member since 02 Jul, 2010

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I am a Research Officer with Health Systems Unit (HSU) at KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Programme Nairobi, Kenya. I studied Computer Technology(BSc.) at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya) and M.Sc. Health Informatics from the University of Sheffield (UK).

I have been involved with database design and data management for different groups at the unit including a multisite clinical trial (OpenClinica). I have also used REDCap extensively to manage data for surveys. I have also been involved in study design, data analysis and report writing. Current work involves looking at how the use of Electronic Medical Record(EMRs) is evolving in Kenya with a special focus on open source systems and public hospitals.

My interests are: communities of practice for health, social network analysis, information needs for health workers, information seeking behaviour, use of ICT in patient care and the use of ICT in information seeking.

Edward Nardell, MD

Member since 20 Apr, 2008

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Pulmonologist with a special interest in tuberculosis; trained in pulmonary medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital with additional research training at Boston University School of Medicine. While at Boston City Hospital, Dr. Nardell became director of tuberculosis control for the City of Boston. In 1981 he became chief of pulmonary medicine and director of tuberculosis control for the city of Cambridge, positions he held until 2005. His principal academic appointment is as associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, with secondary parallel appointments in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health. In the early 1980's, Dr Nardell was also appointed medical director of tuberculosis control for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, a position he held for 18 years. In 2002 he joined Partners In Health as Director of Tuberculosis Research. In 2005 he left Cambridge Hospital to assume a full-time research position in the Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham & Women's Hospital. His research interests include the control of multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Peru, Russia, and other high-burden countries, with a special research interest in airborne TB transmission and control. Dr. Nardell is currently conducting a research project in South Africa studying the transmission of MDR-TB using large numbers of guinea pigs to quantify the infectiousness of MDR-TB patients and the effectiveness of various control interventions, including ultraviolet germicidal irradiation. [Edward Nardell] With funding from WHO, NIH, USAID, and the Gates Foundation, Dr. Nardell organized and co-chaired the first two-week post-graduate course of its kind designed to build technical capacity for implm in high-burden countries, “Engineering Methods to Control Airborne Infections – an International Perspective,”. He is past-president of the Massachusetts Thoracic Society and the North American Region, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. (Source: http://www.brighamandwomens.org/socialmedicine/Nardellbio.aspx)

PubMed Articles: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=pubmed&cmd=search&term=Nardell+E+...

Milka Ogayo

Member since 13 Sep, 2013

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Milka Ogayo is a nurse manager in a teaching and referral hospital in Kenya.

Madhukar Pai

Member since 14 Nov, 2008

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Prof Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD is a Canada Research Chair in Translational Epidemiology & Global Health at McGill University, Montreal. He is the Director of McGill Global Health Programs, and Associate Director of the McGill International TB Centre. Madhu serves as a Consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He serves on the STAG-TB committee of WHO, Geneva; Scientific Advisory Committee of FIND, Geneva; and Access Advisory Committee of TB Alliance, New York. He has previously served on the Coordinating Board of the Stop TB Partnership.

Sonjelle Shilton

Member since 28 Jul, 2017

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Sonjelle, MPH, started her career in public health as the Director of Operations of a community-based health outreach organization with a focus on HIV/AIDS, in rural Ghana, and has ten years of experience in program implementation, monitoring and evaluations spanning grassroots to global levels. Her time in Ghana cemented her dedication to public health approaches that are collaboratively designed and implemented with rigorous and meaningful data capture. Sonjelle joined FIND in January 2017 as the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer focusing on Hepatitis C.

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Maggie Sullivan

Member since 02 Jul, 2009

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Maggie Sullivan is a family nurse practitioner with an interest in serving immigrant patients and their families. She received her BA from Barnard College in Comparative Religion and Art History. She later completed her master in nursing at the University of California - San Francisco with a sub-specialty in women's health. Her research interests include the health of undocumented immigrants, day laborers and their sending communities. Publications include "Mental Health of Undocumented Mexican Immigrants: A Review of the Literature" and "Towards la clínica de mis sueños: Findings from a needs and assets assessment among rural nurses in Chiapas, Mexico." In 2009, Ms. Sullivan completed an internship with Partner In Health's (PIH) Institute for Health and Social Justice. She now works at Boston Health Care for the Homeless and continues to collaborate with PIH on its projects in Chiapas and Guatemala. Ms Sullivan is Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Nursing Caucus and is on faculty at University of California - San Francisco's School of Nursing.

Grigory Volchenkov, MD

Member since 18 Aug, 2008

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Dr. Grigory Vasilievich Volchenkov, is specialist in TB control on regional level and TB infection control and Head Doctor at Vladimir Oblast Tuberculosis Dispensary. He was born in 1962 in Murom, Russia. He graduated Ivanovo State Medical Institute, Russia, in 1985. He worked in Vladimir Cardiology Hospital as cardiologist, intensive cardiology care specialist and medical director in 1985 – 1999. In 1999 – 2002 he was working for Oblast Department of Health as a chief internal medicine specialist of Vladimir oblast. At that time he became responsible for TB and HIV control in the oblast. Since 2002 until now he is head of Vladimir Oblast Tuberculosis Dispensary and director of oblast TB control program.
In 2002 – 2003 he moved the dispensary to new building and implemented there intensive TB infection control program supported by CDC USA and WHO TB control program in Russian Federation resulted in substantial reduction of occupational TB among healthcare workers. Since 2008 Vladimir Oblast TB Dispensary became Center of Excellence for TB Infection Control for Russian Federation, supported by CDC, TB control program of WHO in Russian Federation and Central TB Research Institute (Moscow).

Grigory Volchenkov is author of several poster and oral presentations for IUATLD World and European Conferences in 2005 – 2010 dedicated to TB case finding, DRS, MDR and XDR TB epidemiology and TB infection control. He also coordinated and lectured in postgraduate courses on TB infection control in 2006 - 2010 Annual World IUATLD Conferences. He coordinated poster session on TB control in high burden countries in Cape Town IUATLD Conference in 2007. Since 2006 he implemented Green Light Committee approved MDR TB project in Vladimir oblast. TB Alliance included Vladimir Oblast TB Dispensary into the list of potential research and trial centers. Grigory Volchenkov is regional coordinator of multicenter international PETTS study. Dr. Volchenkov as a faculty participated in a Harvard University continuing education courses, Building Design and Engineering Approaches to Airborne Infection Control, held in Boston in 2008 – 2010.
Grigory Volchenkov was invited by WHO, FILHA, KNCV and other international organizations to lecture on TB infection Control in Amaty, Kazakhstan, Minsk Belarus, Tartu, Estonia, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Petrozavodsk and other regional centers of Russia. As a TB infection control consultant Dr. Volchenkov conducted WHO technical assistance missions to Myanmar, Nepal, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and other countries.