Welcome to the MMSc-GHD Class of 2019!

Hasna Alam, MHM

Hasna is an EDAC certified manager with a master’s degree in hospital management and a former fellow of American College of Healthcare Executives. She has performed feasibility analysis, design, workflow analysis, and developed operation and financial models for medium and large hospital projects. She seeks to apply evidence-based design methodology to healthcare buildings to improve the health and well-being of patients, family and staff.

Research interests: Hasna's MMSc-GHD research will focus on key factors to design facilities to promote healthy aging in developing countries including evidence-based design challenges to tackle functional decline, dependence and dementia with the aim of designing world-class Age-Defying Elderly Healthcare centers.

Hamda Alsuwaidi

Hamda is a clinical quality officer from the United Arab Emirates. She graduated from the University of Sharjah with a degree in health services administration. She then joined the Dubai Health Authority as a senior clinical quality officer, playing a vital role in serving patients and the community by improving the quality and safety of diagnostic medicine. Hamda is one of the founders of the United Arab Emirates Youth Diabetes Society, a group dedicated to improving awareness and knowledge about the preventive methods and early detection of diabetes.

Research interests: Hamda's MMSc-GHD research will focus on treatment for drug addiction in the UAE.

Sheriff Bangura

Sheriff works for Partners In Health–Sierra Leone as the Director of Pharmacy and Strategic Advisor for Supply Chain. He works on emergency response and health systems strengthening in one of the country’s poorest districts, leading programs that have improved access and availability of essential drugs and medical supplies for maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, and TB. Before joining PIH, he worked as the Director of Pharmacy at the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital, Sierra Leone’s only tertiary maternity referral center. He aspires to work on policies and systems that guarantee access to essential drugs to vulnerable populations in Sierra Leone.

Research interests: Sheriff is considering research on these topics for his MMSc-GHD thesis: assessment of ARV stock-outs, reporting rates, and reporting quality at the national, district, and facility levels using secondary analysis of logistic management information system data; or an investigation of the role of community pharmacies in the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone by assessing their impact on service delivery, management of suspected cases, and referrals.

Daniel Dupervil, MD

Daniel is a Haitian physician. After his graduation from the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba, he returned to his hometown of Les Cayes for his social service at Hôpital Immaculée Conception des Cayes. He also taught medical pathology at the National School of Nursing in Haiti. In 2012, after his pediatrics residency in Cuba, he again returned to his home town. Since 2013, he has worked at the Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais, a tertiary teaching hospital run by Partners In Health/Zanmi Lasante, where he treated neonates and children and contributed to training pediatric residents. He was a member of the infection control committee. He is particularly interested in children’s health and infectious diseases.

Research interests: Daniel's MMSc-GHD research will focus on treatment of neonates in resource-poor environments like Haiti.

Chenjezo Grant Gonani

Chenjezo is a Malawian mental health practitioner working with the Ministry of Health in Neno district since 2012. He currently serves as a district coordinator for non-communicable Diseases (NCD) and mental health. Working with partners and leveraging their resources, Chenjezo has been leading a program of decentralizing mental health and NCD services into primary care by scaling up a model of integrated mental health, NCD, and HIV services, which allows general clinicians providing HIV, NCD, and mental health services as “one stop care” in all primary care level.

Research interests: Chenjezo's aspirations include improving access of quality mental health services in rural Malawi, and his MMSc-GHD research will focus on mental health quality.

Nadeem Kasmani, MD

Nadeem received his medical degree from Oman Medical College, Sohar in the Sultanate of Oman, in 2014. During his internship in Dubai Health Authority hospitals, he joined the Introduction to Clinical Research Training Program at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kasmani is a former member of the International Federation of Medical Students Association and fundraising officer at World Young Doctors Organization. He now works closely with medical students in colleges within UAE and Oman as well as with young doctors as part of an ongoing mission to educate doctors who are a healthy and positive part of the workforce.

Research interests: Nadeem will select one of the following topics for his MMSc-GHD research: understanding the role of traditional healers in management of psychiatric illness in UAE or exploring reasons for low antenatal checkups in India.

David Jungpa Lee

David grew up in Los Angeles as the son of a pastor who provides spiritual leadership/counseling for local Korean immigrants. Desiring to increase healthcare access for immigrant/refugee communities, David received a BA in Public Health at UC Berkeley and is currently pursuing an MD at Harvard Medical School, where he worked with a psychiatrist on a novel group-based mental health intervention for depressed Chinese immigrants. David also trained in community health in India, where he participated in various service projects for urban slums in New Delhi. David hopes to become a physician-researcher who combines quantitative and qualitative methods to deliver creative and effective healthcare to low-resourced communities in the U.S. and abroad.

Research interests: David's research interests are in non-communicable disease (possibly among at-risk HIV patients) and cost-effectiveness/decision analysis methods.

Christian Ntizimira, MD

Christian is a physician and the head of the advocacy and research department of Rwanda Palliative Care & Hospice Organisation. As director of Kibagabaga District Hospital, Dr. Ntizimira contributed to the implementation of the national policy of palliative care that became a model of care in Rwanda. Dr. Ntizimira pioneered integration of end-of-life care into health services rendered to Rwandan patients with chronic illnesses in acute care and community settings. Dr. Ntizimira is currently a researcher collaborator at Harvard Global Equity Initiative–Lancet Commission on Global Access to Pain Control and Palliative Care.

Research interests: For his MMSc-GHD research, Christian will work with Eric Krakauer, MD, PhD on palliative care in Rwanda.

Thierry Nyatanyi, MD, MPH

Thierry served as the head of division for epidemic surveillance and response at the Rwanda Biomedical Center/Ministry of Health, where he implemented national efforts for preparedness and response to epidemic-prone diseases. In addition, he coordinated the Rwanda-field epidemiology program, was Rwanda’s point person for international health regulations and was principal investigator for the CDC-funded avian influenza preparedness and response program. He currently works with the USAID EPT2 One Health Workforce project as the Africa technical lead to support the development of a public health workforce with the technical skills to adapt and respond to emerging infectious disease threats.

Research interests: Thierry's research in the MMSc-GHD program will focus on addressing infectious disease threats.

Lisa Parvin, MS

Lisa holds a MS in Biotechnology from Georgetown University and has worked as a researcher in population-based studies at the University of British Columbia for several years. Lisa's experience includes research on the River gypsy community of Bangladesh, known as ‘Bede’ to local people, a marginalized group of people whose children have little access to life-saving vaccines.  In collaboration with a local NGO, Grambangla Unnayan Committee (GUC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, she conducted an exploratory project in summer 2015 to understand and identify the barriers, mainly structural and cultural, in accessing routine vaccination programs by this river gypsy community. 

Research interests: Lisa plans to conduct research on equitable access to vaccination programs for children in vulnerable communities in Bangladesh.

Gloria Prado Pino, MD

Gloria Prado Pino is a physician from the Juan N. Corpas School of Medicine in Bogotá, Colombia, with expertise in care of critically ill patients. In 2010, she became a member of the first telemedicine intensive care unit in Colombia, and she has been working as medical coordinator of the ICU Respirar S.A.S. in the state of Chocó, Colombia since July 2014. Dr. Prado Pino also works as a research assistant for the Natural Products Research Group of the Technological University of Chocó; part of her work focuses on assessing the antiparasitic properties of plants from the biodiverse Pacific region of Colombia.

Research interests: Gloria will conduct research on health care access in rural Colombia.

Maxi Raymonville, MD

Maxi is executive director and chairman of the Board of Haiti’s University Hospital Mirebalais. An obstetrician gynecologist (OB/GYN) by training, he has worked with Partners In Health/Zanmi Lasante (PIH/ZL) for more than 23 years across functions including clinical service, medical education, research and governance. His extensive efforts within PIH/ZL have earned Dr. Raymonville recognition across the global health community. In 2004 he was awarded the Thomas J. White prize for his extraordinary work expanding ZL’s HIV treatment in Haiti. Dr. Raymonville’s areas of interest include decreasing maternal mortality, increasing family planning rates, and preventing, detecting and treating cervical cancer.

Research interests: Maxi's MMSc-GHD research will address one of the following topics: maternal and child health, particularly an investigation of the gaps in care; information systems research on technological and communicative tools such as electronic medical records; or a study of the financing of primary health care in resource-poor settings.

Joseph M. Sieka, MD

Joseph grew up in Liberia, graduating from medical school in 2006. Appointed county health officer of River Gee Health System in 2009, he led the planning, implementing, and supervising of all county health services, he also provided hospital-based clinical care. After witnessing the devastation caused by the Ebola virus disease crisis, Dr. Sieka joined the emerging health care leaders who are committed to building a resilient health care system.

Research interests: Joseph's MMSc–GHD research will focus part of a larger cross-sectional social epidemiological serosurvey of Ebola survivors in a defined geographic cluster.


Aliyu Zakayo

Aliyu Zakayo, MBBS

Aliyu graduated from the University of Jos' Faculty of Medical Sciences and worked for Nigeria's government as a clinician and public health analyst. His work exposed him to the plight of more than two million internally displaced people because of insurgent violence and the hardship they face in accessing healthcare. In 2015, he started the non-profit health intervention group, Livaly. In partnership with the government, Livaly aims to deliver care to displaced and impoverished populations in a feasible and ethical fashion while employing robust and competitive analytics to drive decisions.

Research interests: Aliyu will choose one of the following topics for his MMSc-GHD research: assessment of the impact of poverty on the prevalence of Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa; a qualitative study of physical and psychosocial needs in Maiduguri IDP Camps in North-East Nigeria; or health education and quality of life assessment among diabetic patients in Gombe, Yola and Maiduguri.