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Female Global Scholars

Senior Scholars

Melina Mgongo, MPH


My current interest is promoting proper maternal and child nutrition, specifically focusing on exclusive breastfeeding practices. I would like to focus on developing a model that improves exclusive breastfeeding practices and that can be adopted. Additionally, I would like to explore ways to strengthen links between health facilities and communities to improve optimal breastfeeding practices.

Beatrice John, MSc


I am passionate about maternal and child health, non-communicable disease and nutrition, adolescent health, and the field of biostatistics. Currently I have been conducting research related to adolescent menstrual health management at secondary schools in the Kilimanjaro region. I have additionally been involved in an intervention focusing on community sensitization to create a demand for contraceptive use among women of reproductive age. 

Puja Chebrolu, MD


I am interested in understanding the phenomenon of diabetes in patients who are not overweight and do not have other traditional risk factors. Currently, I am working on a project on cardiovascular disease in HIV positive pregnant women with gestational diabetes in Pune, India.

Flora Chacha, MD


I am interested in exploring the causes of mortality in premature infants and interventions to prevent and reduce this mortality.

Hellen Munaku, MD

I am interested in conducting research focused on benign hematological diseases, like Sickle Cell. I hope to explore a project that focuses on training parent/guardians of children with Sickle Cell Disease about home prevention and management.

Agnes Kiragga, PhD


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I am interested in establishing and improving maternal and infant outcomes among HIV infected women who initiate life-long ART during pregnancy. Additionally, improving male involvement in reproductive health programs in order to reduce HIV risk and increase PrEp uptake.

Doreen Nabukalu, MPH


My research interest is in the field of implementation science, specifically focused on implementing efficacious interventions within low resource settings, where socio-cultural and structural factors strongly influence intervention success. I am part of a project that delivers malaria prophylaxis to pregnant women in rural Uganda through a community-health worker program.

Gauri Dhumal, PhD, MSc


I am interested in exploring acute febrile illness, maternal and child health issues related to maternal addiction, and health and social issues faced by women due to HIV infection. Currently I have been conducting research assessing policies regarding tuberculosis and how these policies could be strengthened.

Geneviéve Hilaire, MD


Priyanka Amit Raichur,

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I have been working as a clinician on observational and interventional studies on adult and Pediatric HIV and TB trials. Currently I am looking to explore the gender differences in ART initiation among HIV positive adults seeking care at a public ART centre in Pune, India.

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I am interested in optimizing prevention and treatment for sexually transmitted infections for vulnerable populations in Haiti. Based on this research, I hope to work with existing networks and the Haitian government to expand optimized treatment throughout the country, particularly to rural, hard to reach areas in Haiti where healthcare is not readily available and resources are scarce.

Lydia Nakiyingi, MBChB


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My research focus and interest has been tuberculosis and HIV research. My current research work is on clinical diagnosis and empiric TB treatment among HIV co-infected presumptive TB patients with negative GeneXpert and/or sputum smear tests, specifically looking at the accuracy of clinical diagnosis and patients’ outcomes.

Irene Njuguna, MBChB, MSc


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My research interest focuses on the pediatric and adolescent HIV care cascade including testing, treatment and viral suppression. 

Junior Scholars

Claudia Thomas Riche,

Since co-founding NECH-CIEH, a Nursing Education Collaborative for Haiti, I have been interested in optimizing leadership and research in the nursing field. I am interested in examining the challenges that women face in becoming leaders and the skills that are needed to promote success.

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