Interests include: Neglected Tropical Diseases and HIV/AIDS, Schistosomiasis and Globalization, Quality of Life for People Living with HIV/AIDS, Drug Adherence, Couples Voluntary HIV Counseling and Testing, Vaccines and Microbicides, Infections Disease in Modern Africa
More than four years experience concentrated on HIV and AIDS and the public health field including community mobilization and coordinating community initiated projects. Background also includes conducting evidence based research internationally, facilitating workshops and trainings, data entry and proficiency in Excel, SAS, Word and PowerPoint.
Graduate Student Researcher, Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group (RZHRG), Emory University, September 2010-present
§ Assisted Professor and study staff with monitoring International AIDS Vaccine Institute (IAVI) funded studies in Rwanda and Zambia
§ Trained in Institutional Review Board submission, compiling quarterly reports and data entry in financial database
HIV/AIDS Community Mobilizer, United States Peace Corps, Zambia, Southern Africa, June 2006-August 2008
§ Worked as extension agent for Zambian Ministry of Health in partnership with various non-governmental organizations and in carrying out US Government funded programs under PEPFAR and the Global Fund to fight HIV, TB and Malaria.
§ Implemented HIV/AIDS programs in rural area with three-pronged approach targeting: prevention, improved nutrition and care and support to those infected with HIV.
§ Organized a Caregivers Training which trained ten community health workers to be caregivers to the HIV infected and to be adherence supporters for those on ARV drugs or TB treatment
§ Secured a government loan through Ministry of Health for HIV support group to purchase seed and fertilizer for income generating activity
§ Partnered with previously unutilized local stakeholders in the fight against HIV/AIDS and stigma, namely church elders, traditional leaders and traditional initiators.
§ Mobilized community for construction of clinic extension consisting of: an HIV testing room with ARV availability and a maternity ward; where previously these services did not exist
§ Improved community capacity to diagnose child malnutrition and initiated home-based interventions through health education given to mothers, provisioning of agricultural inputs, growing of soy beans in protein deficient areas and monitoring weights of malnourished children
Conducted three month health care needs survey for commercial sex workers which reached thirty women and allowed outreach HIV testing, STI treatment and contraceptive services to reach them