Welcome New Atlas Corps Fellows!
By Chelsea Bailey | September 25, 2013
We are excited to welcome a new class of Atlas Corps Fellows, Suzan Abdallah and Maisoon Ibrahim-Ateem, to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)! Suzan and Maisoon both come from the Republic of the Sudan and will join the EGPAF team in our Washington, D.C. office for a yearlong fellowship.
The Atlas Corps addresses critical social issues by developing leaders through fellowships for skilled nonprofit professionals. Suzan and Maisoon will apply the skills they learn this year to help create positive change in the public health sector throughout their careers.
Suzan will join the EGPAF Research team as a Senior Research Officer where she will contribute to the training and mentoring of research staff globally. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and Tropical Medicine from the University of Medical Sciences and Technology in Sudan. Prior to joining EGPAF, Suzan gained extensive experience in the field, working closely with the Sudanese Ministry of Health conducting operational research to improve and reform HIV/AIDs prevention policies.
“I lost my first pediatric patient to AIDS and most probably I will have to go through that experience again,” said Suzan said. “But through my work, I plan to save hundreds of children in between the losses; to learn, adjust, and improve on what I do and, just like EGPAF; I plan to eliminate pediatric HIV.”
As a Strategic Information and Evaluation (SI&E) Officer, Maisoon will compliment and support various projects lead by the SI&E team. With more than 5 five years of experience working with nonprofits, Suzan specializes in peer education and implementing grassroots outreach programs. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory technology from Sudan University of Science and Technology with advanced expertise in microscopic malariology.
Maisoon says she hopes to gain skills that will allow her to better support communities in the Sudan in their collective process of recovering and healing from war and trauma.
“In my career I intend to be part of a growing group of professionals providing expertise to international organizations worldwide, influencing government social policies to change youth attitude[s], and reducing the vulnerability to HIV and AIDS among women and young people,” she said.
Welcome to EGPAF, Suzan and Maisoon! Stay tuned to our blog for updates from Suzan and Maisoon as they share their experiences throughout their fellowship.
Chelsea Bailey is EGPAF’s Communications Assistant based in Washington, D.C.