Research Degree Student
in infectious disease epidemiology and mathematical modeling
I am an epidemiologist working on public health in humanitarian crises. I focus on the surveillance and control of cholera and epidemic diseases, policy guidance, spatial and mathematical modelling, and merging modern analytical methods with field epidemiology to solve problems. I also work on topics relating to noncommunicable diseases and community health in emergencies.
Before coming to the school, I was the lead epidemiologist for the International Rescue Committee (IRC), where I supported humanitarian programmes worldwide, as well as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Conflict and Health. I trained as an FETP fellow with the Canadian Field Epidemiology Program of the Public Health Agency of Canada.
I am now pursuing a PhD supervised by Francesco Checchi and John Edmunds. With colleagues at Epicentre and Medecins Sans Frontieres, I aim to evaluate the effects of case-area targeted interventions for cholera outbreaks using mathematical modeling and observational studies. The work is generously supported by a Doctoral Foreign Study Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
For non-communicable diseases, I recently worked wth the IRC to develop and evaluate programs for noncommunicable disease management through primary and community health systems for Syrian refugees in Jordan and conflict-affected persons in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Conflict and Health
Some recent work as PI/co-PI includes:
- Effectiveness of case-area targeted intervention for cholera outbreaks in DRC
- Evaluation of the cholera response in Yemen
- Prevalence estimation of hypertension and diabetes in Syrian refugees in Jordan; development/evaluation of a community health worker model for NCD management during COVID-19 pandemic
- Evaluation of hypertension and diabetes integration into emergency care in DRC
- Development/evaluation of menstrual hygiene management guidelines in Tanzania, Myanmar, Lebanon
- Rapid evaluation of infection prevention and control against Ebola in primary care facilities in Sierra Leone
- Development/evaluation of community event-based surveillance for Ebola in Sierra Leone
- Introduction and monitoring of oral cholera vaccine use against epidemics in West and Central Africa
- Evaluation of integrated community case management for the appropriate treatment of children and child mortality in Sierra Leone and Ethiopia
- Understanding determinants of acute malnutrition in Chad
- Mortality estimation through household surveys in South Sudan, DRC, etc.