During her more than 30 years of public health work, Dr McGinn focused on using sound data collection and analysis to improve the scope and quality of reproductive health services globally, in order for women and men to make choices about their sexual and reproductive lives. Dr McGinn has focused most intently in Africa but also has experience in Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Since the mid-1990s, her work included a substantive focus on the reproductive health of populations affected by wars and natural disasters. She also taught and mentored generations of students at the graduate and doctoral levels.
Dr McGinn received the Doctor of Public Health degree from Columbia University with a dissertation on fertility desires and behavior of women in post-genocide Rwanda, the Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan in Population Planning, and the Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in Development Economics.
Dr. Adam C. Levine is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Division of Global Emergency Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He received his Medical Doctorate from the University of California, San Francisco and his Masters of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley before completing his specialty training in Emergency Medicine at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency in Boston. He has previously led research and training initiatives in East and West Africa and South and South-East Asia.
Dr. Levine currently serves as the Director for the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, whose mission is to promote a just, peaceful, and secure world by furthering a deeper understanding of human rights and humanitarian challenges around the globe, and encouraging collaboration between local communities, academics, and practitioners to develop innovative solutions to these challenges. He also serves as the Primary Investigator for the Global Emergency Response and Recovery Partner Engagement Cooperative Agreement between International Medical Corps and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is focused on improving international and local capacity for responding to future epidemics and pandemics. His own NIH and foundation-funded research focuses on improving the delivery of emergency care in resource-limited settings and during humanitarian emergencies.
Since joining LSHTM in 2005 I have worked on a range of research studies on themes of health determinants, systems and policies in transitional settings, including those affected by armed conflict and forced migration. I have a particular interest in mental health and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and have led studies examining the burden of mental disorders and health care utilisation among conflict-affected populations in Ukraine, Georgia, northern Uganda, and South Sudan; mortality estimation in fragile and resource-poor settings; and evaluating MSF’s NCD programmes in Democratic Republic of Congo and Jordan. I am currently a co-investigator and work package lead for an EC funded study examining the potential for scaling-up a low-intensity mental health intervention for Syrian refugees in 8 countries. I have also received research funding from the Wellcome Trust, ESRC, DFID, and USAID. I co-edited the 2017 Lancet Series on Health in Humanitarian Crises, and I am Editor-in-Chief of the BMC journal Conflict and Health.
Fouad is Associate Professor of Public Health Practice at Epidemiology & Population Health Department at the Faculty of Health Sciences, and a Co-Director of the Refugees Health Program at the Global Health Institute at the American University of Beirut (AUB).
His current research interests focus on the forced displaced population, chronic diseases in humanitarian settings and health system in a conflict context. He has a special interest in healthcare in danger and the attacking healthcare facilities as well as the humanitarian response to violent conflict.
Fouad is a Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator of several projects on non-communicable diseases in the protracted and armed conflict including cancer care and mental health in countries in crises.
He served as a commissioner in two Lancet Commissions; AUB Lancet Commission on Syria and the crises in global governance, health and aid; and UCL Lancet Commission on Migration and Health
Dr Gloria Seruwagi is faculty at Makerere University and Team Leader at the Centre for Health and Social Economic Improvement (CHASE-i). She has over 15 years’ experience in policy and health systems; working with disadvantaged, vulnerable and/or marginalised (DVM) populations; Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH+N).
Dr Seruwagi is a behavioural scientist with graduate training in public health. After her undergraduate degree from Makerere University, she completed the MSc. Public Health for Development (formerly Public Health in Developing Countries) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and immediately enrolled on the taught component of the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), also at LSHTM, before embarking on a PhD at the University of Huddersfield.
Dr Seruwagi has worked mostly on community-based programmes in humanitarian and development contexts within the Great Lakes Region. She has led or supported the design, implementation and evaluation of multiple interventions in Protection including SGBV/VAC/VAW, SRH including HIV/AIDS, MNCH, Nutrition, WASH, adolescents and youth, quality improvement and system strengthening. She has conducted multiple training and capacity strengthening initiatives for professionals like healthworkers, social workers, nutritionists and M&E specialists. She works with key multisectoral, multi-level stakeholders in the social and health sector including government departments, the private sector, civil society, development partners and UN bodies. In addition to Uganda, Dr Seruwagi’s work has covered different countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Sudan, Ethiopia, Malawi, Bangladesh and the UK.
Iza studied medicine in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and did additional training in tropical medicine and epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She has been working with MSF since 2001 as a doctor and medical and emergency coordinator based mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, a medical advisor for outbreak response and epidemiology based in Geneva and recently as manager of emergency programmes. Iza is currently coordinating operational research for MSF Operational Center Geneva. Her main focus is on control of epidemics, with particular interest in vaccine preventable outbreaks and introduction of new vaccines in outbreak control (such as cholera or hepatitis E).
Following a post-doctorate fellowship in epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he worked for 4 years, Les subsequently worked as an epidemiologist for the World Health Organization in Rwanda during the civil war. He was Director of Health Policy at the International Rescue Committee from 2000 until 2003. Les had led over 50 surveys in 17 countries, mostly measuring mortality in times of war. In recent years’ he has taken part in studies to measure mortality in DR Congo, Iraq, and Zimbabwe. His present research is focused on developing methods to document human rights abuses.
Dr. Linda Mobula is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins, Research Associate with the Center for Humanitarian Health and Senior Health Specialist at the World Bank. She previously worked as a Public Health and Infectious Disease advisor with the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
She received her Medical Doctorate from the University of California, San Francisco and Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.. She completed residency in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and did a Post-doctoral fellowship in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
She has responded to multiple humanitarian emergencies including the complex humanitarian crisis in Haiti, typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, European refugee crisis in Greece, as well as Ebola outbreaks in West Africa and DRC. From 2014-2017, she was the Co-Principal Investigator for the Gates funded Ghana Access and Affordability Program which aims to improve access to treatment for Non-Communicable Diseases. She has worked on outbreak preparedness and response with USAID and the World Bank.
Michelle Gayer is a medical doctor with education in public health, economics, and management.
Her career over the last almost 20 years, starting in Australia then working with MSF (Doctors Without Borders) and WHO (World Health Organization), at country and global levels, evolving from technical to managerial & policy roles, has been devoted to ensuring evidence-based health interventions and services for vulnerable populations in emergency settings, especially conflict and disasters.
With MSF she had numerous roles in conflict-affected countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, including as Country Director. Her several roles at WHO between 2003-2016 included Coordinator of WHO’s Disease Control in Emergencies Program, Global Director of Emergencies where she was responsible for WHO’s worldwide humanitarian emergency program of work, and finally as Director of WHO’s Emergency Reform, where she was responsible for managing the design of WHO’s new Health Emergencies Programme. Michelle joined the International Rescue Committee in June 2016 to lead its work in health, WASH and nutrition in emergencies.
She has published numerous international technical guidelines on infectious disease control in emergencies, built capacity of government and international health agencies, and provided direct field assistance for public health risk assessment, disease surveillance, outbreak preparedness and response and health strategic planning.
Michelle Hynes, PhD, MPH is an epidemiologist with the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch (ERRB) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and an adjunct professor for Emory University’s Hubert Department of Global Health. She received her MPH in population and family health from Columbia University and her PhD in behavioral sciences from Emory University. Dr. Hynes has over 2 decades of experience working in humanitarian settings on sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence throughout Africa, Asia, and South America. Her work focuses on operational research, program evaluation, and global guideline development. In addition to her work at CDC, Dr. Hynes has worked for several international NGOs and UN agencies, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea, West Africa.
Dr. Amsalu is currently a Research Fellow in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). She has a long track record of leading health responses to disease outbreaks, acute and protracted conflicts, and natural disasters in Asia, Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Amsalu previously worked as medical coordinator, health advisor, and health cluster coordinator with Médecins Sans Frontières, Save the Children, and the World Health Organization respectively. Her present research focuses on application of methods of epidemiology and clinical research to improve obstetric outcomes, and maternal and newborn health. Her research has contributed to the finalization of Newborn Health in Humanitarian Settings Field Guide and the Roadmap to Accelerate Progress for Every Newborn in Humanitarian Settings 2020-2024.
Shannon received her doctoral degree in International Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health where her coursework and dissertation focused on humanitarian health. She has over 15 years of experience conducting research and evaluation in humanitarian emergencies and post-emergency contexts. Shannon’s work focuses on populations affected by natural disasters and conflict, including both refugees and internally displaced populations in camp and non-camp settings. Within the context of humanitarian emergencies, her areas of interest include health service access and delivery, nutrition and food security, livelihoods and cash interventions.
Her work is centered on the development of context-specific approaches for population-based surveys, needs assessments and the monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian assistance programs, that are rigorous yet feasible to implement given situational constraints of emergency settings. The focus is on implementation science, with the aim of informing ongoing humanitarian assistance and health programs and in the longer-term, providing an evidence base for emergency response programs and policies. Recent research and evaluation projects have been implemented in collaboration with NGOs, UN agencies, and other academic institutions in a variety of countries including Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Pakistan, the Philippines, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo among others.
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