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About the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program was initiated in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter to honor the late senator and vice president, a long-time 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 developing 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.

Each year, approximately 200 Fellows funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State engage in non-degree study and related professional experiences at selected American universities. Started in 1978, the program now has a network of over 5,200 alumni in 159 countries around the world working to improve their communities and the lives of those in need. This year, 167 Fellows from 90 countries are assigned based on their professional fields to 15 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, natural resources, environmental policy, and climate change.

The Humphrey Program at the Rollins School of Public Health began with a class of 11 Fellows in the fall of 1993. To date, the School and the Hubert Department of Global Health have hosted 222 Fellows from 96 different countries. Emory continues the special HIV/AIDS concentration program that was initiated in 2004. Fellows participate in special programs, seminars, and site visits on HIV/AIDS. This fall, 14 new Fellows arrived at Emory in August to pursue individualized curricula in all aspects of public health to learn more about American society and culture as well as to educate Americans about their societies and cultures.

2018-2019 Humphrey Fellows

Alexandra Mata

Dr. Alexandra Mata is a health economy professional from Costa Rica. She is a pharmacist and holds a Master’s degree in Pharmacoeconomics from the University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. She has over 6 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry working for international companies such as Pfizer, Abbott and Biopas Laboratories. Throughout her work she managed regulatory and quality affairs departments, leading teams across different countries in Central America and providing market access to a wide variety of pharmaceutical products. Alexandra has also collaborated in assessing new policies and as a consultant to start pharmaceutical operations and to develop and implement quality systems in Costa Rica. 

Dr. Mata advocates for a more unified Central American region. She believes that all the countries have the legal structure to develop one strong and efficient medical agency that can allow the region to become more competitive internationally which can result in an increase of innovative therapies at the reach of the population, lowering costs and facilitating access to the patients requiring them. 

Alexandra has been awarded with the Carolina Foundation Scholarship in 2012 and 2014 to study cell culture with application in regenerative medicine and bioinformatics in the University Complutense of Madrid, a Talent Scholarship from the University Popeu Fabra in 2016, and participated in a professional program of doing business in China at Fudan University, Shanghai. Currently she is part of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at Rollins School of Public Health.

Alpha Diallo

Alpha Diallo is an Assistant Professor of Endocrinology at the University of Conakry. He completed his M.D. in 2008 in Guinea where he worked one more year in the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolic Diseases at the University Hospital of Conakry prior to his Residency in Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases in Ivory Coast (2009 - 2014).

During his residency, he completed an internship at the University Hospital of Reims and obtained an MPH in Epidemiology, Clinical Research, and Evaluation in 2014 at the School of Public Health of Nancy, in France. Dr. Diallo worked for three years in France as an endocrinologist while teaching at the University of Conakry, Guinea. He is currently completing a PhD in Public Health in France. His research has mainly focused on diabetes and its complications.

As a Humphrey fellow at Emory University (Rollins School of Public Health), Dr. Diallo seeks to learn and strengthen his skills in Public Health to help establishing a better access to prevention and care for non-communicable diseases in low-income countries. Affiliated with the Emory Global Diabetes Research Center, Dr. Diallo will work on current issues related to diabetes, focusing on access to essential diabetes care.

Arta Uka

Arta Uka holds a Master of Science degree in public policy and human development from the Maastricht University, the Netherlands, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Prishtina, Kosovo. She also did an International Diploma Program at the University of California – Berkeley, USA, in Management and Leadership. 

She has a great passion for healthcare. It was during the medical high school, when she realized that the way a health system is designed and financed, can have an incredibly high impact on the wellbeing of an entire population. In her master’s thesis, she compared various systems of health care delivery, trying to understand what system best fits for her country.  Currently she works at the Government of Kosovo, as Head of Division for Economic and Social Development within the Ministry of European Integration. She is also engaged as a researcher/consultant in different projects related to health care, producing analysis and reports. She worked for Health Policy Institute in Slovakia, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation etc. 

In 2016, she was among the six fellows of the Advancing Leaders Fellowship, who were selected to receive funding for their socially innovative projects and were invited to an award ceremony in New York City. Her project “living in Kosovo with a Stoma” improved the quality of life of a very vulnerable group of people in Kosovo, ostomates. She established the first Ostomy Association of Kosovo, which aims to provide support to people who live with a stoma.

Through Humphrey Fellowship, she aims to gain insights into different health systems around the world, and study about what best fits for her country.

Choni Wangmo

Dr. Choni Wangmo was trained as a medical doctor in Sri Lanka with scholarship from the Royal Government of Bhutan. In 2010, she began her career in civil service as General Duty Medical Officer in Emergency Department, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital, Thimphu.

She started working in Paro District Hospital in 2011, where she got to experience the magnitude of responsibilities of doctors in her country. She saw all patients regardless of their age, sex, nature of disease/conditions. Her work also involved primary healthcare activities, outbreak investigation, surveillance and medico-legal cases.

In December 2011, she attended a training on F-IMNCI. Ever since, she has been facilitating the training. She is also a chief editor of 2nd Edition of Facility based Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illnesses modules used in Bhutan. In 2015, she assumed the responsibilities of Chief Medical Officer, Punakha District Hospital. She was instrumental in streamlining financial management and improving data management in the hospital. With her team, she championed the pilot implementation of Bhutan Healthcare Standard for Quality Assurance and enabled the Ministry of Health to roll out BHSQA in other hospitals. She was the catalyst behind medical equipment donations by the German Embassy, New Delhi and Pro-Bhutan, Germany, to Punakha Hospital. Her last project before leaving Bhutan was finalization of construction plan of a new Emergency Room in Punakha Hospital for people of Punakha with support from Pro-Bhutan.

During her Humphrey year she looks forward to getting an academic perspective of the work she has been doing and be acquainted with tools to help her deal with the complexities of health care systems. She hopes to enhance her knowledge and skills on Infectious disease, Emergency Preparedness and Quality Improvement methods.

Ezinne Peters

Ezinne Peters is a medical doctor who has a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Warwick. She has had over 10 years of experience working in the public health sector in Nigeria. Her experience cuts across HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, STIs, Newborn Maternal and Child Health (NMNCH), Program Management and Business Development. Currently she works as the Head of Health & Child Survival at Save the Children International, Abuja Nigeria. Before now, she had worked as a program manager and lead for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) on the Global Fund for HIV/TB Project in Imo & Ebonyi States in South-eastern Nigeria. She went on to become the Senior Program Manager and National Lead of the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS/TB Project for CRS, Abuja Nigeria – A project which covered 5 states of the country.

In 2014, she became a national winner of a business development competition spearheaded by the Federal Ministry of Finance, Abuja Nigeria. Through this opportunity, Ezinne bagged a grant for the establishment of government-approved table water supply and provision of employment to youths in the community of the Niger-Delta where the project was situated. She has also been part of the best-performing sub-recipient team, twice in a row, on the Global Fund for HIV/TB grant in Nigeria.

During her Humphrey year, she will be strengthening her knowledge in Health Economics/Financing, Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) & Scientific Writing. For her professional development and affiliation at the CDC, she will focus on Global Health – HIV/TB, Global Health Security & Immunization. She hopes to exchange professional knowledge and experiences within the Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) and beyond. In the future, Dr. Peters looks forward to being part of policymaking in healthcare on an international level.

Kokou Nouwame

Kokou Nouwame [Francois] Alinon is from the Republic of Togo in West Africa. He earned a double Master’s degree (DEA and DESS) in Health Psychology, his Ph.D. in Clinical and Health Psychology and holds certifications in drug control strategies, palliative care and Therapeutic Education of Patients (ETP). Dr Alinon has worked for Togo’s Ministry of Health and Social Protection as the Palliative Care Focal Point, where he ensures the development, management, and implementation of palliative care activities that was focused on providing pain relief and improving quality of life for patients with serious illness.  He also worked on the Research-Action Program ‘‘ENSPEDIA’’ to improve health care for children in West Africa.  Dr Alinon has taught in the Applied Psychology Department at the University of Lomé and is an author and co-author of many national and international articles and books. He was the MASHAV fellow in 2016 and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) Fellow in 2017.

Beside his administration position Dr. Alinon supports the advancement  of Hospice and Palliative care in the world through his  membership in the African Palliative Care Association (APCA); the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) and the Association of UICC Fellow (AUF).

As a Humphrey Fellow interested in Health Policy and Management, Dr. Alinon aims to develop as a manager, capable of efficiently managing health programs and “building a strong, efficient, and sustainable health system to ensure the inclusion of palliative care at all levels.”

Abdul Malik

Dr. Abdul Malik completed his Masters in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is a medical doctor, served as the Head of Quality Improvement Department at Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital and held the post of the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs of the National Healthcare Academy (NHA), Maldives prior to the Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship on Public Health Policy and Management at Emory, Rollins, School of Public Health.

Malik has worked with Health Protection Agency, NCD Division heading the Mental Health Programme. Malik was the technical lead for the UNODC on substance use prevention programme in Maldives and he did a regional placement at the SAARC TB & HIV Regional Centre for South Asia in Nepal.

Malik is enthusiastic and committed to humanitarian and volunteer service. He has volunteered with the NGO Society for Health Education (SHE) since his school days and with Diabetes Society of Maldives (DSM) for the past 15 years. He is a former board member of the Maldivian Medical Association (MMA). Recognized for his work in civil society, Malik also served as a board member for the National Social Protection Agency (NSPA) appointed by the President of Maldives. Malik received the Junior Chambers International-Maldives (JCIM) –Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award (TOYP) 2011 for Humanitarian and Voluntary Leadership.

In 2012, Malik co-founded the Cancer Society of Maldives (CSM) which conducts free cancer prevention awareness and screening programs across the country. Recently, Malik co-founded and is the Chairperson of the Maldives NCD Alliance. He has been appointed to the National High-Level steering committee for NCDs, chaired by the Minister of Health.

During the Humphrey program, Malik hopes to gain knowledge on public health policy formulation and implementation. Malik hopes to expand the work of the Cancer Society of Maldives to lead in preventative, early detection screening, psychosocial support and palliative care. He also plans to enhance the work of Maldives NCD Alliance to strengthen policy advocacy on initiatives on creating an enabling environment for a healthy lifestyle to control NCDs.

Ye Min Htet

Dr. Ye Min Htet is a public health professional from Myanmar. He is a medical doctor by training, holds a master degree in International Health from the Heidelberg University, Germany.

Min has a diverse working experience in communicable diseases prevention and control with a focus on HIV, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; humanitarian medical assistance in public health emergencies and public health grant management. Throughout his work, he is an advocate for the marginalized and disadvantaged population including internally displaced people, drug user, migrant workers, and conflicted-affected community. He worked at Doctors without Borders (MSF) in the front line of northern Myanmar in a conflict zone, and successfully managed an integrated HIV/TB program providing treatment, care, and support to 10,000 PLHIV. He also has professional experience in local NGO, WHO and PEPFAR funded HIV supply chain management project.

Min currently works at the Three Millennium Development Goal Fund which an international pooled fund amount to over 283 million managed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Myanmar. As Program Team Leader, he is responsible for management of the portfolio of several grants in HIV (Harm reduction and prison health), TB, Malaria, and Maternal and Child Health. Through consultation, he identifies and pursues ways to expand populations’ access to essential health services for conflicted affected and ethnic minority people.

As a Humphrey fellow, he has a particular interest in neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) control, elimination and eradication policies, advocacy and research and ways to address health disparities within and between nations.

Min is the founder of “Moe Thank Yaung Chi (MTYC)” -  a community campaign for the orphanage and poor children promoting access to quality education through child-friendly literature by storytelling, discussion, engagement, and dialogue. He was awarded for many scholarships including ASEAN-Japan Student Program, German Academic Exchange Services Scholarship and currently Hubert Humphrey Fellowship at Rollins Schools of Public Health, Emory University.

Mohammed Alhawary

Dr. Mohammed Alhawary is the Deputy Manager of the physical therapy administration in Gharbia governorate in Egypt. He is also a council member in the general physical therapy syndicate of Egypt.

After graduation from Cairo University in 2010, he started working started working as a Physical Therapy Intern (2011-2012), then Junior Physical Therapist at Basyun Central Hospital (2012-2013). Then he was promoted to fill the position of the deputy manger of the physical therapy department in the same hospital, then the deputy manager of the hospital. In 2016, he got another promotion to fill the position of the "Deputy Manager of the Physical Therapy administration.”

His work divides into two parallel roles - the first role is the official governmental work in the Egyptian Ministry of health, and this demands him to govern and administrate all the physical therapy departments in Gharbia governorates, and make sure that patients get decent physical therapy services. He was also responsible for establishing new physical therapy departments through his connections with a lot of NGOs in Egypt.

The second role is his volunteer work with the general physical therapy syndicate of Egypt, and through it, he serves the Egyptian community and defend his Physical Therapy colleagues professional rights. In 2016, Mohammed launched a campaign through the syndicate to prevent postural deformities of school aged children.

Mohammed's big dream us to be able to have a positive impact on the Egyptian community after finishing his fellowship. He hopes to help more underprivileged people and lead a real change in Egypt's future, especially in the health sector.

He is also interested in learning more about how to improve women’s, children’s and people who challenge disabilities health conditions, as he sees that the problems of the health care system in Egypt affect the three groups more than any other group in the Egyptian society.

Nyan Myint

Dr. Nyan Win Myint has worked more than fifteen years in public health sector in Myanmar which includes working at the university level, with the World Health Organization, and in the Ministry of Health. He graduated with a medical degree and master degree in public health from the University of Medicine 2, Yangon and also holds a PhD in tropical medicine from Mahidol University, Thailand.

Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar in 2008 with severe devastating impacts on social, economy and health of population in Myanmar and he was actively participating in Emergency Response Operation Center at Yongon General Hospital. These experiences inspired him to take as public health professional in communicable diseases and public health emergencies preparedness and response and currently work as the Deputy Director (Epidemiology/IHR) for the Department of Public Health in Myanmar. His responsibilities include program management of disease surveillance and communicable disease outbreak response; public health emergency management of pandemic and emerging infectious diseases; focal person for international health regulations (IHR) and health securities issues; and the revision of communicable diseases law in Myanmar. He is also active with the establishment of Myanmar Centers for Diseases Control in cooperation with US CDC and other partners.

As a Humphrey fellow, Dr. Nyan Win aspires to pursue and exchange professional knowledge and experiences to focus on epidemiology surveillance and response, global health, and public health emergency management in renowned public health institutions like US CDC and other health institutions in USA to help and lead the development of Myanmar CDC and health system for strengthening in Myanmar. In the future, Dr. Nyan Win hopes to pursue leadership roles in these areas within national and international public health institutions.

Vanyah Kaman

Dr. Vanyah C. Kaman is of the Lorma tribe, which hails from the northern-western part of one of Africa’s oldest countries Liberia. Since childhood, helping people has been a passion and driving force for Dr. Kaman. She graduated from Cuttington University in 2005, and enrolled at the A. M. Dogliotti College of Medicine 2006 and graduated 2012 with 3 certificates of Distinction.

Upon graduation from Medical School, she completed 1 year of intensive internship  and 6 months of training in Emergency Obstetric and Surgical care. For the past 5 years she has been working as a Medical Officer in the pediatric department of the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Regional Referral Hospital.

Dr. Kaman is a highly skilled clinician with an extensive clinical knowledge of infectious diseases and evidence-based practice in pediatric care and treatment. During the course of her career,  she was able to make local organic and low cost substitutes for F75 and F100  for severely malnourished patients.  Since 2015, she has collaborated with non-governmental organizations like Bless the Children, and Partners in Health to provide care and treatment for children with cancer.

During the fellowship, she intends to take the following courses, Application of Public Health Economics in low and middle-income countries, Community transformation, and AIDS- Global Health implications. Because of her interest in HIV policy and prevention she wishes to do professional affiliation with the Global HIV and TB program at CDC, and another with the Maternal and Child health program at Carter center.

Upon her return home, she plans to pursue a masters’ degree in public health with an emphasis on development to obtain technical skills needed to better analyze the state of public health in low and middle-income countries and implement changes to address public health problems. She hopes to achieve this goal by collaborating with international organizations like the World Bank and WHO.

Vikki de los Reyes

Vikki Carr D. de los Reyes worked in Epidemiology Bureau of the Department of Health as a Field d Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) Fellow in 2004. Since then, she has managed Health Information Systems, disease surveillance, outbreak investigations and disaster response, and applied health management. In 2008, she did the Management in International Public Health (MIPH), a course for planning and managing public health programs, by Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, USA. In 2013, she became FETP Program Manager to help raise a cadre of “disease detectives” in the Philippines. She has directly supervised 22 field epidemiologists and around 150 field investigations (54 papers were presented internationally). Thirteen FETP epidemiologic investigations have been published in the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Surveillance and Response (WPSAR) Journal and one outbreak report in the Emerging and Infectious Disease (EID) Journal of CDC. FETP Philippines is one of the eight accredited programs by TEPHINET. Also, she supervises the Event-based Surveillance and Response activities, the International Health Regulations (IHR) notification arm of the Department of Health and the source of field work for FETP Fellows. 

To comply with the commitment to IHR to have one trained field epidemiologist per 200,000 population, she is interested in building the capacity of public health workforce to detect and respond to acute public health threats (including bioterrorism) while recognizing intricacies of the national and local health systems in  decentralize setting. She is interested about innovations in surveillance systems and applied health management trainings. The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program would be an opportunity to develop her leadership skills, analytic skills and policy-making "savviness" in public health.

Vlad Mixich

Vlad Mixich is a health policy expert and writer. He is the son of a family who was persecuted during the communist dictatorship in Romania. That is why Vlad thinks his generation, raised after 1989, is the luckiest in the Romanian history. This is a reason for gratitude but also a cause of duty.

Vlad has a unique multidisciplinary background. As a junior medical doctor he worked in a big hospital in one of the poorest regions in the European Union. He travelled around the world in conflict or deprived areas as a health journalist and he was the editorial director of the biggest medical newspaper in Romania. His writings were awarded several important national and European prizes.

In the last decade, Vlad focused on health and pharmaceutical policy. He worked in the public sector, as Vice President of the Romanian National Agency for Medicines and in the non-governmental sector, as director of the Romanian Health Observatory. In the last years, Vlad worked mainly for international organizations like the European Commission or the World Bank, offering technical support or leading health and pharmaceutical policy projects in many European countries.

Vlad came in US with the objective to learn more about value-based healthcare models. More than anything else, Vlad thinks that meaning in life comes from having a positive impact in people’s real lives. Therefore, he hopes to learn how to build more effectively bridges between academic research and health policy practice; between evidence-based medicine and decision makers; between minds and souls.

Vlad Mixich holds a master degree in health policy from the London School of Economics and he was Eisenhower Fellow for Innovation, Marshall Memorial Fellow and Rosalynn Carter Fellow.

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