2012-2013 Humphrey Fellow Biographies

Hayat Muhammad Khan

MBBS, DCP (Diploma in Clinical Pathology)
Master degree in Public Health

Dr. Khan is working as a Demonstrator in the Community Medicine Department of Khyber Medical College (KMC) Peshawar. KMC is one of the oldest medical colleges in Pakistan, established in 1954. His job description includes accompanying undergraduate students’ visits to different public health oriented institutions and places as part of their professional development.

He is actively involved in undergraduate research projects as a supervisor. He has two professional goals. One is to work for a PhD in one of the public health fields. His second goal is to work for the AIDS control program in Pakistan.

His Fellowship program will be designed to provide a comprehensive exposure to the control and prevention of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and hepatitis. When he returns to Pakistan he wants to compete for a high level position in the Ministry of Health working on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and hepatitis.

Riza Ikranbegiin

MD, PhD, Science Doctor
Associate Professor

Dr. Ikranbegiin is a Regional Laboratory Advisor in ICAP, Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University. An accomplished researcher, journal author, and patent applicant, Dr. Ikranbegiin has made many contributions to the laboratory study of HIV/AIDS. In addition to laboratory work, she conducts trainings for colleagues in an effort to disseminate knowledge about new technologies related to HIV diagnostics.

She will take courses in HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention, and study quality control and laboratory technology related to HIV and its various types. Dr. Ikranbegiin is also interested in studying policies and regulations related to HIV diagnostics and would like to learn about how advanced technologies on HIV diagnostics influence the formation of HIV prevention policies.

Zhigang Zheng

MD, Master degree in Public Health

Dr. Zhigang Zheng is currently the deputy director of the National Tuberculosis Program in Guangxi Center for Disease Control and Prevention, China. He is responsible for surveillance data analysis and interpretation,program management, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.

He has worked in the National Immunization Program for 12 years was involved in the Campaign of Polio eradication, measles elimination, and SARS combating and was a project official of programs of Disease Control and Prevention supported by the World Bank, UNICEF, and Leeds University, England respectively.

During his Fellowship year, he will focus on disease control and prevention and evaluation and expand his knowledge and skills in diseases such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

Abidemi Fasanmi

MBBS, Master of Arts in Global Genders

Dr. Fasanmi’s degrees are from the from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria and University of Leeds, United Kingdom. She has 10 years’ experience in the public health field, specifically in the areas of health promotion, HIV prevention and policy, and maternal and child health. She is a member of the Nigerian Medical Women’s Association. She has worked in several technical and managerial capacities in International non-governmental organizations in Nigeria and the UK and for the Federal Ministry of Health in Nigeria.

Abidemi started her public health career in Safe Blood for Africa Foundation (USAID, Project); a pilot project of the National Blood Transfusion Service in Abuja and six geographic zones in Nigeria. She also successfully started the youth blood donor program (Club 25) in Nigeria, and received the Minister of State for Health recognition at its inauguration ceremony in 2005. The Club 25 has been adopted by the National blood transfusion service and replicated in many state and zonal blood transfusion services.

As a Humphrey Fellow, her main interest is HIV policy and prevention, gender mainstreaming, the role of social determinants of health in disease progression and spread and the equitable service delivery for marginalized groups, women, girls, and children.

Khadija Al-Mahrouqi

Bachelor in Pharmacy

Ms. Khadija Al-Mahrouqi is the Director of the Pharmacist-Led Asthma Clinic (PLAC), Counselor of PLWHIV/AIDS and the pharmacist responsible of ART in the Al-Buraimi Governorate in Oman. Ms. Al-Mahrouqi was involved in the development of a 5-year plan in Al-Dhahera Region as pharmacist from 2005-2010, and as a counselor of PLWHIV/AIDS for the HIV/AIDS 5-year plan in Al-Buraimi Governorate from 2011-2015.
In 2000 and 2012, Ms. Al-Mahrouqi collaborated in the health exhibitions in Al-Buraimi Governorate for the pharmacy division and HIV/AIDS as a committee organizer and speaker. Ms. Al-Mahrouqi was a member of the Medical Delegation for annual Pilgrimage in 2002 and 2004 in KSA and was chosen as best staff member of 1999, 2004, and 2008.

In 2012, Ms. Al-Mahrouqi was honored for her Active Participation in pharmacovigilance-reporting ADR by the Director General of Pharmaceutical Affairs and Drug Control. Her areas of interest include: HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention, implementing strategic plan, proposal development, monitoring and evaluation, behavior change communication, advocacy.

During her Humphrey Fellowship year, Ms. Al-Mahrouqi hopes to acquire new skills and knowledge in order to design and implement programs and policies in HIV prevention for men who have sex with men (MSM) and for injection drug users (IDUs) particularly among youth.

Labile Togba Soumaoro

MD, PhD (Medical Science)

Dr. Soumaoro has a total of 19 years of General Surgery experience in Ignace Deen Hospital, Conakry (Guinea) and 6 years teaching experience in the School of Medicine of the University of Conakry and the University of Kofi Anan, Conakry (Guinea), and is a full member of the Department of General Surgery of Ignace Deen Hospital.

He has undertaken several research projects regarding the expression and clinical significance of Cyclooxygenase-2 and 5-Lipoxygenase in colorectal cancer, gastric cancer, and breast cancer. Results of his research works were published in peer review journals.

Currently, as a Fellow, he will study public health policy and management. He is interested in cancer prevention and tobacco control policies.

Asia Namusoke

Diploma, Comprehensive Nursing
Bachelor in Community-Based Development
Masters Degree in Developmental Studies

Asia is a Behavioral Change Communications Specialist working with the Joint Clinical Research Center (JCRC) in Uganda. Asia is responsible for designing and implementing interventions that increase access and utilization of HIV prevention and treatment services, especially among young people born and living with HIV.

Her area of study will be HIV policy and prevention and within this field she is particularly interested in acquiring expertise in policy formation, analysis and implementation of HIV treatment interventions as a prevention strategy to supplement ongoing behavioral interventions.

This fellowship will equip her with the skills to identify and appraise challenges, threats and opportunities to health care policies, design acceptable HIV prevention interventions, and implement relevant and evidence based responses to key health system challenges.

Madhavi Dwivedi

Diploma in Human Resources Management and in Training
Bachelor in Economics
Masters degree in Social Work

Madhavi is a professional social worker with much experience working in the field of HIV/AIDS. She has worked on the country program for the prevention of HIV/AIDS since 1998 with the urban poor, especially commercial female sex workers, migrants and people living with HIV/AIDS.

HIV/AIDS is posing a huge threat to India’s public health and needs a multidimensional approach for urgent control. While studying at Emory University, she intends to learn new techniques related to effective methods of communication and social cultural aspects of HIV/AIDS and to gain management abilities and experience to become a trainer and facilitator and to impart this knowledge of HIV/AIDS to others.

After completion of her Humphrey Fellowship program, she will continue to work for the development of a comprehensive policy for the prevention of HIV/AIDS.

Rui Fu

Master degree in Public Health

Mrs. Fu began to work for the health service in 1993 and has had a variety of experiences working in hospitals, and in Health Administrative Departments at both Province-level and city-level health services.

She participated in developing relevant key policies to improve health information technology in the health and medical system in China. She is also interested in medical ethics including community autonomy, the rights and interests of both patients and doctors, and in terminal care.

During the Humphrey year, she hopes to learn more about how to combine health information technology application and medical ethics so as to achieve a health care system that is more efficient and humanistic.

Eteri Kipiani


Dr. Kipiani works for the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia in the field of emergency situations coordination. In her current position, her responsibilities include development of emergency preparedness response plans, human resources development, arrangement and facilitation of training courses, monitoring and evaluation of their effectiveness and planning of medical supplies to ensure emergency medical care in disasters and emergency situations.

She has also worked as head of the Division of Donors Coordination and Healthcare Systems Development and contributed to the ongoing health care system reform by coordinating structural and qualitative reorganization process in the health care sector.

As a Humphrey Fellow, her main interest is to study public health policy and administration.