2009-2010 Johns Hopkins Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows
Esther Aryee, MS, Ghana
Mrs. Aryee is a Principal Biomedical Scientist at the National Public Health & Reference Laboratory, Korle-Bu, Ghana Health Service, Accra. She heads the Microbiology/Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response section of the laboratory. She is in charge of diagnosing pathogens related to infectious diseases and designed a molecular method for the diagnosis of Herpes Simplex Virus. She is interested in strengthening her knowledge of diagnosis, epidemiological investigation of disease outbreaks, and other public health issues related to infectious diseases.
Kyaw Myint Aung, MD, Myanmar
Dr. Aung is a medical doctor from Myanmar working with UNICEF in the areas of maternal and child health. He is interested in acquiring skills and knowledge that contribute to the survival of mothers and children in Myanmar. As a Humphrey Fellow, he is focusing on international health including epidemiology, public health policy and program management, and research and methodology in the area of child health.
Andrea Domanico, PhD, Brazil
Dr. Domanico is a psychologist with 20 years of experience working with drug users. She was a consultant at the Ministry of Health in Brazil and the Pan American Health Organization. She has worked at the local and national level researching and coordinating actions for the prevention of communicable diseases in high risk populations. She has worked extensively with harm reduction programs in Brazil, such as coordinating the first harm reduction program for crack users in Brazil. Dr. Domanico is interested in furthering her knowledge about human rights protections within incarcerated and marginalized populations, such as drug users.
Hamida Ebadi, MD, Afghanistan
Dr. Ebadi has 22 years of experience in the field of maternal and child health and is the Reproductive Health Program Director of the Ministry of Public Health in Afghanistan. She is responsible for managing the national reproductive health program which includes the Safe Motherhood initiative, Birthspacing and Family Planning, and Gender and Reproductive Rights Programs. As a Humphrey Fellow she seeks to improve her knowledge and skills of managing and developing evidence-based reproductive, maternal, and child health policies and strategies, with the goal of improving the quality of maternal and child health services in Afghanistan.
Aysha Ghafoori, MD, Afghanistan
Dr. Ghafoori is a medical doctor with 15 years of experience in the field of maternal and child health. She has worked in emergency situations and in the maternity ward as a gynecologist/obstetrician. She has developed and managed programs and also provided health care services and nutrition screening for young children and pregnant women in camps for internally displaced persons. Dr. Ghafoori has also worked with UNICEF upgrading the maternity ward to a Center of Excellence to provide emergency obstetric services and establish a more baby-friendly hospital that promoted breast feeding.
Sergey Koren, MD, PhD, Russia
Dr. Koren in a psychiatrist with 10 years experience in the field of substance abuse and prevention. He was a medical consultant at the Harm Reduction Trainings Project at AIDS Foundation East West (Holland). Currently, Dr. Koren is a Senior Researcher in the Department of AIDS and Other Infectious Diseases Prevention at the National Research Center on Addiction in Moscow where he develops and implements infectious disease prevention strategies among intravenous drug users and other vulnerable groups in Russia.
Wali Omer, MD, MPH, Iraq
Dr. Omer has worked for the United Nations, non-governmental organizations, and was assistant dean at Hawler Medical University in Erbil. He also supervised the first community-based family health center in Erbil. As a Humphrey fellow, he is interested in improving the quality of health services in low and medium resource settings, community-based health insurance, and health informatics.