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Humphrey Fellows 2020-2021

2020- 2021 Fellows

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The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program was initiated in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter to honor the late senator and vice president, an advocate of international cooperation and understanding. President Carter saw the program as a means to support the development of both public- and private-sector professionals who were committed to public service in their countries. The program brings accomplished mid-career professionals from designated countries of Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, the Near East, South and Central Asia, and the Western Hemisphere to the United States for one year of non-degree graduate study and practical professional experience.

Applicants apply through the U.S. Embassy in their country, where first-level screenings are conducted. Selection is highly competitive. Fellows are nominated by the United States Embassy or Fulbright Commission based on their potential for leadership and commitment to public service. Final selection is made in the United States by expert panels of review. Awards are made by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Since it began 42 years ago, 6,017 professionals representing 162 countries have participated in this non-degree program. Last year, 150 Fellows from 95 countries were assigned based on their professional fields to 13 U.S. host universities. Fellows at Emory University focus on epidemiology, health education, and public health policy and administration. Fellows at other campuses are professionals in fields that include economics and finance, public policy, agricultural and rural development, technology policy and management, journalism, communications, urban and regional planning, substance abuse, law and human rights, education, and natural resources, environmental policy and climate change.

The Humphrey Program at the Rollins School of Public Health began with a class of eleven Fellows in the fall of 1993. To date the School and the Hubert Department of Global Health have hosted 250 Fellows from over 100 different countries. This fall, twelve new Fellows arrived at Emory to pursue individualized curricula in all aspects of public health and to learn more about American society and culture, as well as to educate Americans about their societies and cultures.

Weekly seminars sponsored by the Hubert Department of Global Health add to the educational experience, as do cultural and community programs in which the Fellows participate. Fellows also draw upon the resources of other schools in the University, the CDC, other Atlanta-based universities, the Georgia Department of Human Resources, The Carter Center, The American Cancer Society, CARE USA, and county health departments. In addition, they travel to professional meetings and seminars, visit related organizations, and undertake collaborative work with American counterparts both here and when they return home.


2020-2021 Humphrey Fellows

Dr. M M Aeorangajeb Al Hossain

Being curious and compassionate to feel the pulse of the human heart, Dr. M M Aeorangajeb Al Hossain chose the option to wear the white coat and achieved his bachelor’s degree in medicine. He was inspired by the codes of medical ethics and thrived for achieving excellence.

He started his career as a Research Physician in a Johns Hopkin’s project and actively participated in a third-phase clinical trial study to develop a treatment regime for the developing countries to fight Neonatal Sepsis. The regime is now in real practice.

Negligence of the people toward investment in preventive health made him more focused to work for a better public health alongside the clinical practice. During his professional career, he worked for the Ministry of Health of his country and facilitated several public health programs and humanitarian intervention projects with developing partners like WHO, MSF, IOM, IRC and ICDDRB. He is a certified Obstetric Surgeon and worked for the alleviation of unwanted pregnancy outcome during birth deliveries in rural Bangladesh.

Dr. Hossain achieved his master’s in occupational & environmental health and was awarded prestigious MEXT Scholarship by the Embassy of Japan to pursue a doctoral course. During his doctoral research in Japan, he mastered a wide field of science including analytical chemical research, molecular biology and field-work epidemiology. His research domain includes molecular biology and epidemiology to evaluate human health risk for toxic elements including the case of pleural exposure.

Belonging to the development sector of the country, he still wants to explore how things are different on the other side, the developed part and experience the state of the art. He believes, the tempting program components of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program would enable him to become a better administrator of public health with a noble focus of development.

Dr. Alima Almadiyeva

Dr. Alima Almadiyeva graduated from Astana Medical University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Medicine degree in ophthalmology. In 2011, she obtained her master’s degree in public health from Astana Medical University. Between 2013 and 2016, she completed a PhD program in public health at Astana Medical University, specializing in health technology assessment.

From 2012 to 2013, Dr. Almadiyeva worked at the Republican Center for Health Development of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Throughout her employment at the Center, she obtained valuable practical experience in health technology assessment and was directly involved in related national projects, including the implementation of health technology assessment in Kazakhstan, as well as the provision of cascade training in health technology assessment for local healthcare workers as part of the World Bank’s project. From 2015 to 2017, she held the position of Editor at the Kazakh National Drug Formulary, where she was involved in the introduction of the formulary system in Kazakhstan in cooperation with a team of international experts.

Following the completion of her doctorate program, Dr. Almadiyeva has striven to further her professional development in health technology assessment by joining the Kazakh Agency for Health Technology Assessment, firstly as Senior Scientific Adviser and later being promoted to the position of CEO, which she has held since 2017. In addition, she has served as an Executive Director at the Association of Legal Entities Kazakhstan Association of Health Technologies Assessment, Evidence-Based Medicine and pharmacoeconomic research “KazSPOR” s since its conception in 2017. Her professional interests include the organizational, legal and ethical aspects of HTA and HEOR in the context of evidence-based decision-making procedures.

Blaise Traore

Blaise Traore is a Burkina Faso citizen with over 12 years of experience in managing public health projects in national and international non-profit organizations. In 2012, he founded and led the 1st Burkina-based medical social enterprise, named "Societe Medicale Sociale Internationale’’ (SMSI), providing home and hospice health care services in the country. Under his leadership the SMSI has been recognized with three coveted prizes in very selective competitions including the prestigious “International Star for Leadership in Quality (ISLQ)’’ and provided health services to 2,563 beneficiaries in just 3 years.

For the past 5 years, Blaise has been the Health and Nutrition Program Manager at Catholic Relief Services (CRS), where he has managed the maternal, child and adolescent health and nutrition component of a USDA funded McGovern Dole (MGD) project ($25 M). Under his leadership the health and nutrition component of the project has benefited to more than 400,000 vulnerable children and women, in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone.

Blaise is a medical doctor with a master’s degree in international health from the Senghor University of Alexandria (Egypt) and a university diploma in nutritional epidemiology from the University of Bordeaux (France). Fluent in English and French, he is an alumnus of the Mandela Washington Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), driven by his passion and commitment to serve the poorest and most vulnerable children and women.

He is taking part in the Humphrey Fellowship for three main reasons including (1) building his capacities in health system strengthening and project’s sustainability aspects, so as to make profitable the great results he is getting in the field, not only for the target populations, but also for all coming generations in the projects areas, (2) learning more about how to keep his medical social enterprise sustainable and successful, and (3) sharing his experience and country culture.

Rana Al Qawasmi

Rana Al Qawasmi is a Palestinian Certified Clinical Nutritionist and Health Specialist, from East Jerusalem. She received her master’s degree in public health from the University of South Wales, United Kingdom. Rana developed professional and management skills and experience in different public health projects in Palestine. She started her career by working as a clinical nutritionist and health trainer in Jerusalem and developed her work as a Local Health Sector Consultant, through the Palestinian Governance Facility (PGF) project, funded by DFID in the Palestinian Ministry of Health in 2014 and as a Hospitals Consultant, through the Health Systems Resiliency Strengthening Project (HSRSP), funded by the World Bank, in The Palestinian Ministry of Health in 2017. Prior to the Humphrey Fellowship she worked as a Coordinator for the Women Social and Health Development Project in Jerusalem.

Through her work with international projects in the Palestinian Health Sector, she realized the difficulties and challenges this sector faces and the importance of working on research, evaluation and creating intervention plans leading to setting action procedures and policy governance that may improve the Palestinian health sector situation, she also experienced working with international experts and reflecting this sector’s situation to them and learning from them.

In addition, Rana actively works with communities in need for raising awareness in various health topics and healthy lifestyle promotion, especially women and children. She believes in the great role women can play towards health-related quality of life and well-being within the Palestinian society and that a healthy change starts with mothers, the decision makers.

As a Hubert Humphrey Fellow, Rana wants to enhance her skills and her knowledge and role in working on managing health projects and developing national policies that will help Palestinian people get the healthcare they need and deserve. As well as exchanging experiences and building relations with health experts that face different health challenges, from various backgrounds and cultures.

Fabiola Gamboa Ross

Fabiola Gamboa Ross is a Costa Rican lawyer with seventeen years of experience in public health and public affairs. She is also an expert in gender issues, possessing a master’s degree in gender studies and as a member of the National Committee on Gender Issues from the Costa Rican Bar Association.

In 2003, she was a founding member of the Anna Ross Foundation, a ground-breaking organization that tackles the issue of cancer. In 2007, Fabiola started working for the International Institute of Education, as program manager for their women’s health initiatives in Costa Rica. Promoting awareness, education, and policy work throughout the country, many ground-breaking initiatives came to fruition, including the first national network of health NGOs, several studies and papers on social deterrents and behaviors surrounding cancer, as well as high level policy work.

She has also worked on regional efforts in Latin America as member of ULACCAM (Latin American Union Against Women’s Cancers), and with ALICC (Asociación Latina e Iberoamericana Contra el Cáncer). Her regional experience includes high-level consulting in the areas of development, strategic planning, research, fundraising and policy.

In 2011, Fabiola started working with Susan G Komen for the Cure, as country program manager of their Global Breast Cancer Awareness Initiative. During her time at Komen, great strides were made to advance women’s health in Costa Rica, including community education programs, policy, and grants to local NGOs.

Since 2012, Fabiola has served as Executive Director for the Anna Ross Foundation, which provides services for patients and families, works in education and awareness, community programs, and high-level policy work.

Now, as Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at Emory University, she hopes to further her knowledge in public health, so she can continue to work towards strengthening the healthcare systems in her country and the region.

Reham Abou El Fadl Ibrahim

Reham Abou El Fadl Ibrahim serves as an Associate Professor in the Pediatric Dentistry and Dental Public Health Department, Faculty of Dentistry, Ain Shams University, Egypt. She completed her doctorate degree in pediatric dentistry from Ain Shams University in 2011. Afterwards, she was nominated to contribute to planning and implementation of a national oral health survey which was conducted by Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population over one year (2013-2014) under the auspices of the WHO, country office in Cairo.

In pursuit of her passion for health promotion and community service, Reham was awarded a Chevening Scholarship in 2014 for studying a master’s degree in public health at Imperial College, London. Back in Cairo, she finished a six-month internship in the Health Policy and Planning Unit at the WHO, regional office for the Eastern Mediterranean Region (WHO/EMRO). She also worked as a consultant for the Social Research Center at the American University in Cairo on two projects: “Health in all policies” for attaining SDGs and “Health readiness in emergency contexts”. In November 2018, Reham founded the Community Service Projects center which is affiliated by the community service sector at the Faculty of Dentistry, Ain Shams University and was able to collaborate with the Health protection and promotion division at WHO/EMRO on different activities for promoting oral health in the region.

Reham has also mentored 10 theses and co-authored 13 research articles and book chapters. Her research interests include socio-ecological determinants of health, disease prevention and promotion of health equity. In this effect, Reham aspires to develop skills, across the broad, in public health during the Humphrey Fellowship Program which can enable her to translate academic knowledge and research skills, in the future, into practices and policies to effectively reduce disease burden and improve health equity at both national and regional levels.

Dr Tarik Rhandour

Dr. Tarik Rhandour is a medical doctor and public health epidemiologist from Morocco. He was recruited by the Moroccan Ministry of Health in 2003. He started working in primary health care facilities from 2012. He provided curative and preventive medical care to rural populations in the north of Morocco. He was also trainer in the Integrated Management of the child for healthcare workers in the province of Alhoceima.

In September 2012, he applied for a 2-year course specialization in public health epidemiology and graduated in 2014. He also obtained a certificate of achievement for completion of two-year postgraduate training in “applied epidemiology” offered by the Field Epidemiology Training Program, with collaboration between the Moroccan Ministry of Health and the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In September 2014, he returned to his birth city Fes where he worked in the prefectural unit of epidemiology for a short period. He worked in a new position at a regional level where he managed TB, Leishmaniasis and Malaria and mental health programs for a year. He also participated to the strategic plan: the regional pattern of healthcare provision which gave the road map to the ministry to implement or upgrade hospitals and primary healthcare facilities in Fes-Meknes region.

In January 2016, as part of the health system reform, the Regional Health Observatories were created to have an entity working on data and health information. A few months later, Dr. Rhandour participated in the International Visitors Leadership Program in the project “Global Health, Building Country Capacity” in the US. Upon his return, he started his current role as head of the regional health observatory in Fès-Meknès region.

In parallel he has obtained two postgraduate university degrees in medical dietetics and diabetology. He also had provided courses and in human anatomy from 2008-2011 at the School of Nursing in Al-Hoceima City and in epidemiology at School of Nursing in Fes city in 2016 and 2017.

He has participated in Ebola epidemic control in 2014, in Guinea Conakry, where he gained hand-on exAt the end of January 2020, he was involved in COVID- 19 epidemic response team in Fes-Meknes region and worked on contact tracing, investigation, screening, collecting and analyzing data.

As a Humphrey Fellow, Dr. Rhandour is looking forward to strengthening his knowledge in data management and evaluating health indicators, for that, he applied for courses in organizing, analyzing, and visualizing data and for course on conceptualization and designing of international public health programs and impact evaluations.
After he returns to his homeland, Dr. Rhandour wants to strengthen the position of regional health observatory working, to provide more informative health reports to decision makers in his country.perience with handling the Ebola epidemic with a CDC-Atlanta team.

Dr. Esra Saleh

Dr. Esra Saleh, graduated from Ahfad University for Women/School of Medicine and completed her MPH in 2016 from the same university. She is interested in public health as she believes it is a very crucial specialty. She is a focused, result oriented professional with more than five years’ experience in public health positions. She has developed experience in the field of public health, epidemiology, outbreak investigation, surveillance, data analysis and maternal health.

Her first exposure to the field of public health was through epidemiology department at the Federal Ministry of Health. She started as surveillance officer and she became a head of projects and supporting activities unit. She super- vised all the projects related to surveillance system.

Currently, she is working with the Sudanese American Medical Association (SAMA). Since April 2018, she has worked as a program manager with a focus on women health programs specifically midwifery program. She is working in collaboration with the Sudan Federal Ministry of Health to train midwives using JHPEIGO “Helping Mother Survive” modules to combat maternal death from bleeding after birth and Pre-Eclampsia /Eclampsia. Esra is now responsible for leading SAMA Sudan programs. Her duties include identifying areas of priorities for local health authorities and advice SAMA in assessing and planning new programs, representing SAMA with the relevant government authorities, and partnering with major donors and promote SAMA during professional conferences and seminars.

She has been working with Samaritan Purse International Disaster Relief as infection prevention and control mentor at the isolation centers for COVID-19 cases in the public hospitals. She continues supervision and training for the staff about infection prevention and control.

Dr Vivian Verbe

Dr. Vivian Verbe is a Cameroonian-born medical doctor. Dr. Verbe completed her bachelor’s and master’s degree in medicine from the University of Yaoundé. She later graduated in 1996 with a doctorate degree in medicine.

Vivian was recruited into the public service of Cameroon to work in the Ministry of Public Health soon after graduating from medical school. She worked in the University Teaching Hospital, Yaoundé for 4 years after which she wrote the competitive examination into the Faculty of Medicine and Biological Sciences 1, Yaoundé to specialize in obstetrics and gynecology in 2000. She graduated in 2006 with a degree as a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology.

Since October 2006 till she left Cameroon to honor the Humphrey Fellowship Award to focus on Public Health Management and Policy in Emory University, Atlanta, she had been working as an Ob/Gyn Specialist in Cite Verte District Hospital in Yaoundé where she single-handedly managed the Maternal and Child Health Unit in that hospital for 11 years. She was also appointed the Medical Officer of this same hospital in 2013. Vivian is passionate about her job and she loves her children.

Dr. Salma Suleman

Dr. Salma Suleman completed her bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery in 2006. She then joined the prestigious Pakistan Administrative Service. Being a civil servant, Dr. Salma has been holding key government positions and is directly involved in policy formulation, evaluation, and implementation process.

Before embarking on the Hubert H. Fellowship, she was serving as Additional Secretary to the Government in Specialized Health Care & Medical Education Department since August 2020. She was assigned the task of improving nursing education and their capacity building in addition to her regular work. She feels proud that despite her brief stint of just over four months, she was successful in getting approval of Pakistan Nursing Council for upgradation of all the 44 public nursing schools into colleges and thus enhancement of the basic qualification of nursing graduates from diploma to BSc Nursing.

During her stay as Deputy Managing Director in Punjab Health Foundation, she worked on establishment of on-line referral system between primary, secondary, and tertiary health care facilities. Additionally, she introduced telemedicine projects to qualify for interest free loaning facility of Foundation so that masses from periphery and underdeveloped areas could have access to safe and affordable health- care. She, with her team, also established an Entrepreneur Development and Counselling Cell to counsel loanees in executing successful business ventures related to health care. She believes that since public money is a scarce commodity, therefore its opportunity cost can be minimized by introducing sound, well thought out and well researched projects. Through the Humphrey Fellowship, she intends to develop her capacity to evaluate projects and hone her skills for their successful implementation. Additionally, she intends to work on maternal and child health & nutrition during her stay at Emory and hopes to contribute positively towards maternal and child health care programs in Pakistan.

Dr. Osama Tanous

Dr. Osama Tanous is a specialized pediatrician based in Haifa. He studied his M.D and M.P.H at Tel Aviv University and completed a clinical research training program at Harvard Medical School in Japan. Osama works as a pediatrician in a public clinic in Haifa and a clinical instructor in the Faculty of Medicine at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. He serves also as a visiting lecturer in the Public Health Faculties of the University of Haifa and of the Technion. He volunteers for Physicians for Human Rights and is part of their delegations to the Occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Osama is also a researcher in the Galilee Society - The Arab National Society for Health Services.

As a Palestinian in Israel, Osamas’ writings and work focus on the intersection of settler colonialism, state structural violence and health. He is examining how these factors shape the living condition, behaviors and thus the health of the Palestinians in Israel and contribute to health disparities. His works were published in academic and non-academic journals, among them the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), the Journal of Palestine Studies, Jadaliyya, Al Jazeera, Critical Times as well as the APHA annual meeting in 2020.

During the Humphrey Fellowship year, Osama aims to study more broadly the health disparities in the American society and the living conditions of different marginalized groups such as the African American and the Native American community. He wants to acquire knowledge and “hands on” experience to create a more accurate and critical knowledge that centers the most marginalized. He aims to study from local initiatives that have managed to empower and improve the health of minorities. This knowledge he wants to implement in his society and strengthen the health care system for Palestinians in Israel.

Dr. Tapiwa Tarumbiswa

Dr. Tapiwa Tarumbiswa is a medical doctor who was born in Zimbabwe, completed his medical degree at the University of Malawi, College of Medicine in 2008 and is the Head of the HIV program in the Ministry of Health Lesotho.

The HIV prevalence in Lesotho is hyperendemic, 25% of the population live with HIV. Dr. Tarumbiswa is responsible for leading the Lesotho’s governments response in ensuring the delivery and access of quality HIV services through- out the country. He is currently a member of the World Health Organization HIV Treatment and Care Guideline Development Group and his recent accomplishments include:

  • Guiding the successful rollout of Le PHIA 2020, a national population-based survey measuring HIV indicators. Preliminary results demonstrate that Lesotho has successfully met UNAIDS global 2020 targets towards achieving HIV epidemic control.
  • Modernizing the Lesotho’s response to HIV by mobilizing resources to set up the first ever tele medicine infrastructure deployed country wide in 30 health facilities in Lesotho.
  • Establishing the National Advanced HIV Disease program.
  • Leading the development and implementation of both the Lesotho HIV Differentiated testing service and HIV Drug resistance strategies.

Extremely driven in his pursuit to improve health services in Southern Africa, he seeks to expand his skill and capacity to develop, implement and monitor high impact HIV and mental health programs through the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship.

Dr. Tarumbiswa lives by this personal saying: ‘When I was born all around me people where happy and smiling, I was the only one crying as I took my first breath of life! When I die, all around me people will be crying, however this time I will be the one happy and smiling as I would have contributed significantly to the alleviation of human suffering in particular people living with HIV and mental illness in this world.’

Program Coordinator:

Roger Rochat
Rollins School of Public Health,
Atlanta, GA 30322
1518 Clifton Road NE. Room 7005
Phone: (404) 712-9506
Fax: (404)727-4590

Associate Program Coordinator:

Christy Brozowski
Rollins School of Public Health,
Atlanta, GA 30322
1518 Clifton Road NE. Room 7022
Phone: (404) 726-0263

Countries Represented by 2020-2021 Cohort

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