I completed my PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2014 where I investigated the epidemiological transitions of infectious and non-communicable diseases, and reviewed the history of global health advocacy related to these transitions. My work also focussed on the advocacy for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and Neglected Zoonotic Diseases (NZDs). Subsequently I completed an internship in the NTD department at the WHO, where she worked on NZD advocacy and research as part of an international consortium. I then worked with Mission Rabies, a UK based charity that control rabies in developing countries through mass dog vaccination programmes, where I worked on a school-based education programme in Goa, India.
In 2014 I joined the Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases (CNTD) as a Programme Officer, supporting the implementation of in-country lymphatic filariasis (LF) programmes. CNTD is a DFID funded programme and supports NTD activities in 12 countries assisting their progress towards successful elimination of LF as a public health problem. This is done through mass drug administration, morbidity management & disability prevention and best practice research.
Implementation and technical support
CNTD – DFID funding for the elimination of LF as a public health problem
As part of the DFID-funded programme for the elimination of LF as a public health problem, I am responsible for the programme management of Tanzania and Bangladesh, working in collaboration with the national NTD programmes to effectively implement LF Mass Drug Administration (MDA) and Morbidity Management activities in line with WHO guidelines and the Global Programme for the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis (GPELF) goal of 2020.
In addition, I work on the design and implementation of the CNTD mHealth tool - ‘MeasureSMS’ - contributing to the mapping of over twenty one million people for LF morbidity conditions in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal and Tanzania. Recently, my work has also involved working with the FPSU team and the Tanzanian NTD programme to develop and implement an SMS reporting tool to optimise MDA in urban Dar es Salaam. This work has involved developing methods for effective scale-up of morbidity mapping, developing training materials and training community health workers across different rural and urban settings, training of over 250 health workers to send data through SMS messaging.
I have also worked with the CNTD supported laboratories in Ghana and Kenya to build capacity so they may attain an international standard (ISO15189 (2012) and provide quality support for NTD control, monitoring and evaluation both nationally and regionally.
Examples of mHealth training sessions in FPSU supported countries
Currently I assist with the administrative support to six PhD students conducting operational research on LF. I am also supporting the supervision of two Masters’ students who are conducting research on the barriers to effective MDA coverage and elimination of LF in Zanzibar, and the feasibility of integrating LF and leprosy morbidity management care through community networks in Nepal. Additionally I have worked with the FPSU team to support visiting Masters’ students from US institutions in field studies in programme countries.
British Society of Parasitology
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene