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Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program


Preparing the leaders in public health for the 21st century


2010-11 Humphrey Fellows

 

Atiqullah Amiri


Atiqullah Amiri, MD

Contact Information in Afghanistan:
UNICEF Afghanistan Country Office,
UNOCA Compound Jalalabad Road, Kabul, Afghanistan
P: 0093-798-507-277
E: aamiri@unicef.org, atiqullah_amiri@yahoo.com

Contact Information at Tulane:
Humphrey Fellowship Program
Tulane University
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Department of International Health and Development
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2200, New Orleans, LA 70112
P: 504-988-3966 F: 504-988-3653
E: aamiri@tulane.edu

Technical Expertise:  Experience managing diverse UN projects; Technical knowledge of Health, Education, Child Protection and Water and Sanitation; Demonstrated skill in managing an office independently

Dr. Atiqullah Amiri studied in Kabul Medical University during a volatile period in Afghanistan's history. Soon after graduation in 1996, he joined Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF, Doctors without Borders) in Balkh province northern Afghanistan. Initially, he served as a general practitioner in a camp for internally displaced people (IDP) from the civil war in Mazar-i-Sharif. Later, he progressed to officer in charge of the expanded program of immunization (EPI) and subsequently was promoted to health supervisor of seven clinics managed by MSF in Balkh province.

From 2002 onward, he has been working for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in various positions and in different provinces. He has been managing the UNICEF sub-office in Bamyan province in the central highlands of Afghanistan for the last five years. This province has long and harsh winters, a challenging geographical profile, and a widely scattered population. Dr. Amiri implemented diverse projects in health, education, water and sanitation and child protection. The province's health sector achieved much in terms of the quantity of health facilities. However, due to the remoteness of some villages and their inability to access the health facilities Dr. Amiri recognized that there was still much to be done.

With the help of the health department, implementing partner mainly non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UNICEF's main office, Dr. Amiri has tried to reach those under-served areas. The integrated maternal and child health and nutrition project (IMCHN) is one of the successful projects implemented in the remotest areas of Bamyan province. It is important to note that his efforts in this region have led to the fruitful implementation of behavior change communication (BCC), healthy school initiative (HSI), and the construction of the maternity waiting home adjacent to the provincial hospital.  Dr. Amiri is a member of United Nations Regional Team (UNRT), Provincial Health Coordination Committee (PHCC) and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) cluster in Bamyan province. Chosen as a Humphrey Fellow in 2010, Dr. Amiri intends to focus his activities on epidemiology and leadership in health with specific attention to mother and child health studies.

 Rula Mustafa Al-Hiyari


Rula Al-Hiyari, BDS

Contact Information in Jordan:
5-almashahreh St., Amman
P: 0096265536796
E: rulamh@hotmail.com

Contact Information at Tulane:
Humphrey Fellowship Program
Tulane University
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Department of International Health and Development
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2200, New Orleans, LA 70112
P: 504-988-3966 F: 504-988-3653
E: ralhiyar@tulane.edu

Technical Expertise: Providing dental care and treatment; raising oral health awareness; managing dental practice and staff

Dr. Rula Al-Hiyari, a Hubert H. Humphrey fellow from Jordan, is a general dental practitioner. After graduating from the University of Jordan, she worked in the private sector for several years.  She had more than one opportunity to enroll in programs that would have qualified her for scholarships to study abroad and specialize in any field of dentistry, but she felt that the field of academia wasn't for her.  She felt capable of doing a better job by providing dental care and treatment and working with patients on their oral health issues.  But, eventually she left the private sector, and took a job at the University of Jordan – her alma mater- where she provided dental treatment to students as part of their health insurance plan.  This gave her the opportunity to come into contact with young people and to assist them in their efforts to become healthier, more aware individuals. She felt that by taking on this position, she would be able to serve the community, while also administering to a very wide range of dental conditions. At the Clinic, approximately 40-60 patients are received each day; each of whom as his/her own profile and challenges. While this job may not be as well paid as other positions, she felt it was a chance for her to learn more and assist in creating better awareness among young people. When she first started working in the students' clinic in the University of Jordan, the dental department needed serious upgrading. Initially it was hard to carry out the changes needed, but gradually she was able to introduce new instruments, appliances and methodologies. She does believe that major advances in the improvement of health over the next decades will not come from new medical findings or cures, but rather the broader development and application of population-based prevention programs. Dr. Al-Hiyari's goal this year is to broaden her professional experience and embark on a career in public health, where she can put into action many of the ideas that she has in terms of creating better public awareness on dental and other health related issues. This is particularly important in a country like Jordan where there is little awareness of these issues at the grassroots level.

Oubeid Elhadramy


Oubeid Elhadramy, ARF

Contact in Mauritania:
Direction Générale du Budget et des Comptes
Ministère des Finances BP 235
Nouakchott, Mauritania
P: (222):5252774       E: htemtam@gmail.com

Contact Information at Tulane:
Humphrey Fellowship Program
Tulane University
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Department of International Health and Development
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2200, New Orleans, LA 70112
P: 504-988-3966 F: 504-988-3653
E: eoubeid@tulane.edu

Technical Expertise: Accounting, Finance, and Statistics

Oubeid Elhadramy has worked in the field of finance and accounting for more twenty years. After receiving his Diploma of public administration in accounting   from the National School of Administration (July1986), Oubeid worked at the public enterprise bureau as coordinator of the first generation of privatization before moving over to the budget and accounting bureau at the Finance Ministry. There he served as division chef of public expenditures and later (1990) as head of the department of public charges management after holding several positions such chef  accountant  of  water and energy office . In 1992, Oubeid received his Master of Public Management from Sorbonne University and the diploma in public finances from IIAP de Paris. He worked as advisor to the budget and accounting director where he was the principal chief of financial programming of expenditures. In 2002 Oubeid became the deputy and the first responsible of economic program with international organizations.  This position marked the beginning of reforms and the struggle with poverty in his country.  Later in 2004, Oubeid rose to be director of budget and accounts where he brought a new transparency to the reporting of economic statistics. He made a lot of reforms and improvements in financial and budgeting management. Oubeid currently works as principal advisor of general director of budget and accounts part time and leads his own office of independent studies and consulting. Since 2007 he has focused on budgeting and programming of sectors related to poverty. Oubeid's research interests include economical performance appraisal, especially in the midst of poverty and public health management. As Humphrey Fellow, he is focusing on health system management and biostatistics, trying to obtain more knowledge, skills and experience to improve the quality of health services in Mauritania. His spoken languages are French, Arabic and English.

web Gina

 

Gina Joseph, MA

Contact Information in Trinidad/Tobago:
6, Danglade Trace,
Cascade, Trinidad and Tobago
P: 1-868-624-2441      E:  gjcybertrini@tstt.net.tt

Contact Information at Tulane:
Humphrey Fellowship Program
Tulane University
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Department of International Health and Development
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2200, New Orleans, LA 70112
P: 504-988-3966 F: 504-988-3653
E: gjoseph@tulane.edu

Technical Expertise:
  Media Relations; Communication Research; Strategic Communication Planning

Gina Joseph is a Humphrey Fellow from the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago.  As a multi-faceted communications professional, she has worked in the field of Corporate Communications for the past seven years.   She worked as a Corporate Communications Officer at the North West Regional Health Authority.   Her communication experience spans both private and public sectors.  Her career in the health arena commenced as a Research Assistant working on a nationwide ISAAC study on Asthma, Rhinitis and Eczema.  This study was published in the Pan American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 16, No. 3, September 2004, entitled, "Smoking at home and symptoms of asthma and rhinitis in Trinidad and Tobago."  She also worked on a community health project, entitled Think Healthy, Act Healthy, which was broadcast on national television and earned the top International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Silver Quill honor: Award of Excellence. Besides her work in communications, Gina is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK), Chartered Institute of Public Relations (UK), International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and Toastmasters International.  She has served on the local board of the IABC as the Vice President, Communications and executive of her Toastmasters Club, Vice President- Public Relations.  Diligent and dedicated, Gina has been recognized for her contribution at work and to the community she serves.  In 2008, she received the North West Regional Health Authority's STARS Awards for Corporate Effectiveness.  In 2010, her Toastmasters club, Talk Tsu, bestowed the club's highest honor on her: the Patricia Belmar Spirit of Talk Tsu Award.  Her area of concentration is Health Communications and it is her desire to share the knowledge gained in this growing profession with her fellow professionals in her country.  Her commitment to public service is deep-rooted and she believes she can improve her society by making a positive impact.  

Ahmed Hassoon

 

Ahmed A. Hassoon, MD

Contact Information in Iraq:
Capacity Building Coordinator - Cardno EM, Inc.
USAID/Health Promotion Program in Iraq
Baghdad-Iraq/Karada District, M907, St 45, H11
P: +964 7903 361 310   E: ahmed_hasoon@yahoo.com

Contact Information at Tulane:
Humphrey Fellowship Program
Tulane University
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Department of International Health and Development
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2200, New Orleans, LA 70112
C: 504-251-6746 F: 504-988-3653
E: ahassoon@tulane.edu

Technical Expertise: Behavior Change and Communication, working on Health Promotion Projects; Community Development, working on community essential services and infrastructure projects; ER Physician

Five years ago I began my career at Iraqi Ministry of Health, as a Foundation House Officer for different Teaching Hospitals under Baghdad and Wasit Health Directorates.  In 2006, I started new career by working for different International Organizations. My first job was  with the International Relief and Development (one of the major USAID contractors in Iraq), where I worked as a Senior Information Specialist for Community Infrastructure and Essential Services, a 100 Million dollar program that was running all over Baghdad providing a reconstruction for public health centers, schools, public facilities and environmental projects. Later I volunteered for UNHCR funded mobile clinics with cooperation of INTERSOS and local Iraqi Childhood Rights Organization, providing basic medical assistance to Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) in Baghdad. Later I advanced in my carrier by working for International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Iraq as Operation Manager, working on different IRC programs including Shelter, Education and the Legal Aid which provides housing assistance, children education and legal aid for IDPs families in the affected areas of Iraq.

Recently I found a new USAID health program in Iraq which I found fully consistent with my longer-term career objectives and opportunities for professional growth and technical development. I started working for Health Promotion Program in Iraq HPPI as Capacity Building Coordinator in Behavior Change & Communication, assisting in capacity building for Iraqi Ministry of Health, Health Promotion Department in subjects related to H1N1 Epidemic Flu, Childhood obesity and the National Outbreak Response plan.  I also worked on KAP survey planning and implementation and health promotion campaigns.


Bashir Issak 

 

Bashir M. Issak, MD, MMED (OBS & GYN)

Contact Information in Kenya:

Head division of reproductive health, Department of Family Health
Ministry of public health and sanitation
Nairobi, Kenya

P:   +254-722-318084  
E:drbashirim@yahoo.com

Contact Information at Tulane:

Humphrey Fellowship Program
Tulane University
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Department of International Health and Development
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2200, New Orleans, LA 70112
P: 504-988-3966 F: 504-988-3653
Email: bissak@tulane.edu

Technical Expertise:  obstetrics and gynecology; programming national level reproductive health programs; health systems management in Kenya; coordinating health partner activities in Kenya

Dr. Bashir M. Issak is a 2010-11 Hubert Humphrey fellow from Kenya. He has an MD from Hacettepe University Ankara, Turkey and a master's degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the University of Nairobi. Dr. Bashir is currently the director of reproductive health in Kenya under the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation. In addition, he has extensive experience working with the government of Kenya in the health sector with NGOs in war-torn Somalia. He worked as a medical coordinator with two NGOs in the southern region of Somalia (Trocairre and Gedo Health Consortium). Coupled with this, Dr. Bashir worked as an obstetrician in the Dadaab Refugee Camp and conducted his study for master's degree there. He also worked as the Mandera district medical officer for four years.  This district borders Somalia and Ethiopia and has no health facilities; Dr. Bashir is experienced in cross-border health issues in underserved areas. 

Dr. Bashir has additional training in public health in complex emergencies and experience in handling those situations in Africa. He also has management skills in running a district hospital, district health management teams and services and coordinating a national level reproductive health program on top of being a clinician specialized in obstetrics and gynecology.

Dr. Bashir participated in MSH's leadership development program (LDP) and has passed his USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Exam) for Foreign Medical Graduates. He is a member of KOGS – Kenya Obstetrics and Gynecological Society, KMA - Kenya Medical Association, KAMMP - Kenya Association of Muslim Medical Practitioners.  He serves on the board of directors for Doctors for Hope and is on the committee of experts in family and reproductive health of ECSA-HC (East Central and South African Health Committee). He is also a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) member on the "A Price Too High to Bear:  The Costs of Poor Maternal Health to Women, Families, and Societies" research project.

During this fellowship year Dr. Bashir would like to focus on leadership in maternal health and family planning.  He hopes to gain more knowledge in health economics in developing countries with an aim of helping his country achieve MDG 5 and eventually achieve MDG 4.

Colette Cunningham-Myrie


Colette Cunningham-Myrie, MBBS, MPH, MSc (Fam Med)

Contact Information in Jamaica:
Epidemiology Research Unit-TMRI
Univ. of the West Indies
Mona, Jamaica
P/W: (876) 977-6151  P/C: (876) 919-1508
E: colette.cunninghammyrie@uwimona.edu.jm

Contact Information at Tulane:
Humphrey Fellowship Program
Tulane University
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Department of International Health and Development
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2200, New Orleans, LA 70112
P: 504-988-3966 F: 504-988-3653
Email: cmyrie@tulane.edu

Technical Expertise:  public health practice; diabetes and cardiovascular disease epidemiology; disease surveillance

Dr. Colette Myrie is a physician from Jamaica. After completing undergraduate medical training in 1991 at the University of the West Indies, she received Masters degrees in Public Health and Family Medicine at her alma mater, bolstered by a business Diploma in Management Studies. Her initial work experiences included provision of clinical services to inner city communities and weekly voluntary consultations with the Diabetes Association of Jamaica, a Non Government Organization. These experiences laid the foundation for a 4 year employment as a Medical Officer of Health with the Ministry of Health, Jamaica where she had the unique distinction of consecutively leading the development of national programs in both Infectious and Chronic Non Communicable Diseases. For the past 7 years she has been a research fellow within the Tropical Medicine Research Institute (TMRI) at the University of the West Indies. The TMRI has a track record of successful partnerships with the Ministry of Health, Jamaica in undertaking research that has informed policy decisions. She lectures on research methodology/epidemiology and conducts research in chronic disease epidemiology, with particular interest in diabetes and hypertension. Her most recent research includes the preparation of a status report for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders to inform economic investments for the Chronic Non Communicable Diseases (CNCDs) in the Caribbean region; and comparing the health status of persons in Jamaica receiving microcredit with matched non-beneficiaries in their communities. The contribution of social risk factors to the epidemic of Chronic Non Communicable Diseases in Jamaica is not well understood. Dr. Myrie views her participation in the Humphrey program as a golden opportunity to improve her knowledge and research skills related to the social determinants of these diseases, utilizing epidemiological approaches. She also hopes to establish meaningful long-term partnerships with relevant community and other professional organizations in order to develop interventions that will improve chronic disease prevention and control.

Ibrahima Ndao


Ibrahima Ndao, Eng, DEPA

Contact Information in Senegal:
Program Officer
Micronutrient Initiative
Villa 6, Cite Alima, Sipres 2, (Sud Foire en face de la VDN)
BP 25513, Fann, Dakar, Senegal
P: (221) 33-867-62-36
E: indao@micronutrient.org

Contact Information at Tulane:
Humphrey Fellowship Program
Tulane University
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Department of International Health and Development
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2200, New Orleans, LA 70112
P: 504-988-3966 F: 504-988-3653
E: indao@tulane.edu

Technical Expertise:  Design, planning, field implementation and monitoring of nutrition programs; Industrial food processing (Program of food fortification with micronutrients); Supporting the establishment and development of micro-enterprises in rural areas 

Ibrahima is a Food Sciences and Technologies Engineer. He holds a DEPA (Master degree), with distinction, in Nutrition and Health from Senghor University (International Francophone University) of Alexandria (1992). He worked for two years as the Regional Responsible of a Rural Micro-Enterprise project where he coordinated the training, funding and monitoring activities which led to the establishment and development of several micro-enterprises in various sectors. From 1999 to 2007, as the Nutrition Project Officer of the United Nation Children's Fund (UNICEF) Senegal office, he assisted the Ministry of Health in the development and  implementation and monitoring of the nutrition action plans.  He provided technical assistance to UNICEF/Niger (office of Maradi) with UNICEF's  implementation/contribution to the national food and nutrition emergency response in 2005. Ibrahima joined the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) in 2007 as the USI project Officer than as the Program Officer. He supported the Senegalese micronutrient program (Food fortification and Vitamin A supplementation programs) and carried out the situation analysis or provided technical guidance to design, implement and monitor salt iodization projects for fighting Iodine deficiency in Senegal, Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Ghana and Ethiopia.   

Teresa Ekaeta Nwachukwu


Teresa Ekaete Nwachukwu, MD

Contact Information in Nigeria:
Abuja Children's Home
Karu, Nigeria
T:   011-234-805-601-1582 
E: tenwachukwu@hotmail.com

Contact Information at Tulane:
Humphrey Fellowship Program
Tulane University
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Department of International Health and Development
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2200, New Orleans, LA 70112
P: 504-988-3966 F: 504-988-3653
E: tnwachuk@tulane.edu

Technical Expertise:  Capacity building, as a trainer, speaker and facilitator; Excellent organizational skills; Focused clinician

Teresa Nwachukwu is a doctor employed by the FCTA health department in Abuja, Nigeria. She obtained her medical degree from the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos. She also holds a Masters degree in Health Management from the Benue State University, Makurdi. She is the Officer in Charge of the health facility at Abuja Children's Home, Karu. In addition to her clinical duties, Dr. Nwachukwu is responsible for recruiting volunteers, designing safety measures for the facility, organizing in-house staff training and offering counseling services for adoptions and foster parents.

Dr. Nwachukwu is very passionate about the dearth of human resources for health, not just in Nigeria but in all of Sub Sahara Africa. As a strategy to motivate doctors in her country, she started a magazine, "The Doctor", the goal of which was to encourage doctors in areas of integrity, hard work, developing a culture of service and going the extra mile in providing patient focused care. She has done the only research in assessing job satisfaction of doctors in the FCTA.  Her findings suggest that urgent measures need to be taken to improve retention of doctors and stem the tide of attrition to the West.

Dr. Nwachukwu is a long time facilitator of IMCI, an initiative by the WHO to train non-physicians in primary health care settings to enable them provide holistic child and mother care where there is no doctor. She is also involved in the MDG-DRG midwives service scheme of the national primary health care development agency of Nigeria as an IMCI facilitator.

For her Humphrey year, Dr Nwachukwu will be working on developing an effective management practice for health systems in Nigeria, health systems policies and strategies; strengthening the building blocks of the health system with special focus on the human resource component; capacity and skills need assessment strategies and health system reforms. She hopes to migrate her new skills to her country and contribute to the ongoing health sector reforms in Nigeria.

Inbal Weiss-Salz


Inbal Weiss-Salz, MD, MPH

Contact Information in Israel:
Medical Epidemiologist
Deputy director, Health Services Research Department,
Ministry of Health, Jerusalem, Israel
P: +972-50-2054433 F: +972-5337828
E: dr.isalz@gmail.com

Contact Information at Tulane:
Humphrey Fellowship Program
Tulane University
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Department of International Health and Development
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2200, New Orleans, LA 70112
P: 504-988-3966 F: 504-988-3653
E: isalz@tulane.edu

Technical Expertise:  Quality of care, Hospital epidemiology, Disease surveillance

Dr. Inbal Weiss-Salz, MD, MPH is an Israeli-born physician, board certified in Public Health and Epidemiology. After she graduated her MD from the Ben-Gurion University Medical School in a community-medicine oriented program in 1996, she decided not to go into private practice but rather devote her professional career to public-health. She finished 4 years of Public health and Epidemiology residency and received her MPH degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2003 (Honor's Diploma), where she is currently teaches the Epidemiology course in the MPH program. Since 2000 she has been employed as the deputy director of the Department of Health Services Research of the Israel Ministry of Health (MOH). She is currently the principal investigator and research leader of several national projects aimed to improve health services outcomes in Israeli hospitals, such as reducing healthcare associated infections and other nosocomial complications, assessing and comparing hospital quality indicators, improving graft survival after transplantations, increasing patients' safety and satisfaction, and developing standardized healthcare guidelines. These projects provide evidence based tools for health policy decisions enabling better resource allocation and improving of the quality of care. Her job responsibilities in these projects include personal involvement in all the aspects and different phases of planning, implementing the surveys, and reporting and interpretation of the results.

During her 10-year work in the Health Research Department, she has gained experience in managing and conducting public health projects. She hopes that during the Hubert H. Humphrey fellowship she would further enhance her professional, managerial, and practical skills through field experience, seminars, and interaction with international experts to lead sustainable nationwide hospital and community quality of care projects. She also hopes that the Humphrey fellowship will offer her the possibility of establishing enduring overseas links and research collaborations that are of crucial importance in a world undergoing increasing globalization. 

 

 
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