Building the Next Generation of Health Professionals

By Michelle Betton | September 3, 2013

Children smile and pose for a picture in Zambia, where GHC fellows are working with EGPAF to learn more about providing quality health care to families in need.

James Pursey/EGPAF

Welcome to the next generation of health professionals! For the past three years, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) has collaborated with Global Health Corps (GHC), led by Barbara Bush, daughter of former U.S. President George W. Bush, to provide yearlong fellowships to young professionals seeking experience in the field of HIV/AIDS. These fellows, one from the United States and one from a host country, work on projects ranging from grant writing, monitoring and evaluation of programs to ensure quality health services, and documentation and communication of program accomplishments

This July, we welcomed our fourth class of GHC fellows, who will be working with EGPAF country programs in Malawi, Uganda, and Zambia. Read their biographies below!

Malawi

Hazel Namadingo is a monitoring and evaluation fellow working with EGPAF in Lilongwe, Malawi. She has a Bachelor of Social Science degree from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College, and a certificate in bioethics and research ethics from the Centre for Bioethics in Eastern and Southern Africa (CEBESA), College of Medicine. She majored in sociology during her undergraduate training to understand more about communities and contribute to finding ways of making people's lives better. After college, Hazel worked on the Tsogolo la Thanzi Research Study, a Pennsylvania State University longitudinal study looking at “How young adults navigate reproduction in an AIDS epidemic.” She applied to be a Global Health Corps fellow to become part of a growing network of young, committed people with a vision of improving the health of people globally.

Samantha White is a monitoring and evaluation fellow working with EGPAF in Lilongwe, Malawi. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication from Elon University and a master’s degree in public health from The George Washington University. During college, Sam traveled with a documentary filmmaking team to Namibia to assist in interviewing orphans for a series about HIV/AIDS. This experience sparked her interest in global health and equity issues. As part of her graduate studies, she worked in Mumbai, India, where she created educational materials for the Impact India Foundation to educate young girls in rural Maharashtra on preventing anemia. Sam decided to apply to be a Global Health Corps fellow to join a global movement for social justice and health equity.


Uganda

Amy McDonough is from Brookline, Massachusetts. She completed her undergraduate studies at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif., majoring in diplomacy and world affairs. She spent a semester studying community health and social policy in Durban, South Africa, and volunteered teaching health workshops in Kigali, Rwanda. Amy also interned at the United Nations, International Rescue Committee. She has worked at John Snow, Inc.  as a program coordinator on the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program, where she supported immunization programs in sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia. She also worked at the Open Society Foundations as a program assistant on the advocacy team, where she focused on public health and human rights issues. Amy will be joining EGPAF as a grants officer in Mbarara, Uganda.

Brian Ssennoga is a communications and documentation officer for EGPAF in Uganda. Originally from Uganda, Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a postgraduate diploma in information technology from Amity University in India. He is the co-founder and director of the Uganda Center for Open Source Software, and is an experienced trainer in information and communications technology, Open Source solutions, and Linux courses. Previous to his position with EGPAF, Brian received an achievement award from FHI 360-Satellife for work related to strengthening health information systems in Uganda using African Access Points and mobile devices. Brian has also worked extensively on the use of mobile devices for data collection for projects in Ghana, Nigeria, and Uganda.


Zambia

Stephanie Ahn is an monitoring and evaluation fellow working with EGPAF in Zambia. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in international political economy from the University of California, Berkeley and her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington. Stephanie has spent several years in global health research, assisting with the first-ever prevalence study of autism in South Korea as a Fulbright Fellow, and the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation as a post-Bachelor Fellow. Most recently, she worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she assisted with the monitoring of the strategic initiatives of the Neglected Infectious Diseases team. Through her previous work, Stephanie has come to believe that partnership and community engagement are the key to achieving health equity, leading her to join Global Health Corps.


Thandiwe Ngomas is a monitoring and evaluation fellow working with EGPAF in Zambia. Her love for science and desire to make a positive difference in people’s lives led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, with a focus on microbiology, at the University of Zambia. Following graduation, she remained engaged with the university, serving as a tutor in the biological sciences department. She also taught a parasitology class at Evelyn Hone College in Lusaka, Zambia. She returned to school to obtain her Master of Public Health degree at the University of Zambia School of Medicine while interning at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during semester breaks. Before joining EGPAF as a monitoring and evaluation fellow, Thandiwe worked for PATH on the Malaria Control and Elimination Program in Africa (MACEPA), where she served as a malaria rapid reporting program manager, working to assure data quality for the program electronic data set. In her spare time, Thandiwe volunteers with a local youth literacy program called Read to Spell, an organization that she founded with the goal to improve literacy among children attending community schools in Lusaka.

Michelle Betton is Associate Communications Officer for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.