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Scholars

The diversity of our Dornsife Global Development Scholars allow for innovative approaches to solve everyday problems in a host of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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2017 Dornsife Scholars

Theo

Theophilus Abah (Medical Student, College of Medicine), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 6 weeks working with World Vision Lesotho in the Butha Buthe region, within the Makhunoane Area Development Program, in the Northern Province of Lesotho. Theo conducted interviews within households to evaluate knowledge, attitudes and practices and the impact of community led total sanitation campaigns (i.e.-recent UNICEF/WASH interventions)

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Garcelle Alequine (Graduate Student, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Zambia within an Area Development program in Mumbwa, located in the Central Province of the country. Garcelle conducted an impact evaluation within World Vision sponsored communities, to assess the effect of the health and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects on the nutritional status of children younger than 5. Interviews were conducted within households to assess knowledge, attitudes, and practices and the impact of WASH and health interventions in achieving improved health status of children under 5

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Alia Barnes (Graduate Student, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Senegal in Fatick, Senegal within the Fatick Area Development Program. Alia conducted household surveys and focus groups to evaluate knowledge, attitudes, and practices towards sanitation and the use of Women's Village and Loans Savings Groups to acquire household latrines.
 

Sabrina

Sabrina Charles (Graduate Student, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Senegal in Kolda, Senegal within the Kolda and Kedougou Nutrition Integration Project, which is in the Southern Region of the country. Sabrina conducted interviews at the local health centers and within households to assess disease prevalence, nutrition status, and knowledge of mothers within households. Sabrina also focused on sanitation and hygiene behaviors, quality and access to a latrine, and quality and access to drinking water which helped to evaluate the effectiveness of the introduction of WASH methods and interventions and its impact on nutrition to reduce mortality and malnutrition in children.

Austin

Austin Chilembo (Graduate Student, Mzuzu University in Mzuzu, Malawi), an Inbound Research Scholar from World Vision Malawi and also completing his Master of Science in Transformative Community Development at Mzuzu University in Malawi. Austin visited during the winter 2017 term advancing his research on factors affecting attainment and sustainability of open defecation free (ODF) villages. Additionally, Austin serves as a Monitoring and Evaluation Manager in Northern Malawi with the Malawi integrated Water Sanitation and Hygiene (MiWASH) Technical Program. In this role, Austin has led a variety of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects to include: Malawi Literacy for Empowerment Through Action Research and Networking (M- LEARN), Chikwina Mpamba Gravity Water System Project, and the Malawi Maternal New Born and Child Health (M-MNeCH) Technical Program. 

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Ariana Downs (Undergraduate Student, College of Arts and Sciences), a summer term Co-op Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Swaziland in the Shiselweni region within the Matsanjeni and Somtongo Area Development Programs. Ariana conducted interviews and surveys within households and schools to evaluate knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of menstrual hygiene and girl’s education. She also interviewed community members to understand how the recent WASH interventions positively impacted the lives of school-age youth and their families

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Claudia Duguay (Undergraduate Student, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems), a spring-term Co-op Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Zambia in Monzé within the Monzé Area Development Program, which is in the Southern Province of the country. Claudia conducted interviews with school children to evaluate the effectiveness of the WASH Up! Program. WASH Up! is a program designed through a partnership between Sesame Workshop and World Vision that supports WASH education for primary school children in grade 1 through 4

Sachin

Sachin Gandhi (Medical Student, College of Medicine), a Research Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Lesotho in Morija, Lesotho within the Matelile and Sekameng Area Development Programs, which are in the Mafeteng District of the country. Sachin conducted cross-sectional community interviews with individual households and village chief's as well as visited clinics to understand the regional disease burden. The goal of his efforts was to explore the impact of the 2015-2016 drought on WASH practices and the resulting disease burden in the Lesotho lowlands in order to support drought policy, planning, and implementation of mitigation strategies

Samy

Samyuktha Guttha (BS/MD Student, College of Arts and Sciences and College of Medicine), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 2 months working with World Vision Lesotho in Berea, Lesotho within the Sefikaneng, Mopoteng, and Koening Area Development Programs (ADP) which are in a Central District of the country. Samyuktha conducted interviews with healthcare providers within ADP clinics and district level hospitals and World Vision ADP staff to evaluate current attitudes and practices towards opportunistic infections secondary to HIV and investigate how this correlated to community WASH efforts (to better provide World Vision Lesotho with current information to better program). 

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Gregory Kunkel (Medical Student, College of Medicine), a Research Scholar, spent 2 months working with World Vision Malawi and Mzuzu University in Mzuzu, Northern Region, Malawi. Greg conducted research on the capacity for adequate and accurate drinking water quality monitoring at all levels of the Malawi Government. In addition, Greg conducted drinking water quality analysis of boreholes and gravity-fed piped water schemes built by World Vision in the Kayezi and Chikwina-Mpamba Area Development Programs (ADP)

Wes

Wesley Goodman-Levy (Medical Student, College of Medicine), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 6 weeks working with World Vision Lesotho in Mohale's Hoek, Lesotho with the Mpharane Area Development Program, which is the southern portion of the country. Wesley conducted interviews with sangomas (traditional healers) and local villagers to evaluate attitudes and practices regarding HIV disease and the impact the clinics World Vision supports have had on the community.

Shakye

Shakye Jones (Graduate Student, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Malawi in Mzuzu in the northern region and, within the central region in Lilongwe. Shakye conducted interviews within health care facilities to evaluate knowledge about policies and procedures surrounding WASH management.

Eunice

Eunice Kamami (Undergraduate Student, College of Arts and Sciences), a spring and summer term Co-op Scholar, spent 6 months working with World Vision Kenya in Nairobi, Kenya at the National Office, which is located in the capitol city of the country. Eunice conducted interviews within households, community water committees, and schools to evaluate World Vision WASH performance throughout 14 area programs, aided in disaster preparedness for the contentious Kenyan election, and compiled data analysis for the Voices of Children project which aims to air what Kenyan children are most proud of, what makes them sad, and how leaders in the community can aid in creating a higher standard of living for children in the country including improving WASH, enforcing children's rights and ensuring education for all. 

Mariah

Mariah Menanno (Undergraduate Student, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent three months with World Vision Lesotho working in Cluster 3 –about 45 minutes south of the capital of Maseru. Mariah co-lead a project relating to the El Niño-induced drought that occurred in the 2015-2016 rainy season in order to determine resulting disease burden and hygiene practices to help inform future policy within World Vision. To inform her project, Mariah conducted interviews in communities and schools and visited clinics to collect quantitative data to analyze

Jerry

Jerry Nutor (Graduate Student, College of Nursing and Health Professions), a Research Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Zambia for 3 months. As a returning Dornsife Global Development Scholar, Jerry collaborated with World Vision Zambia in Lusaka and Sinazongwe Districts which are in the Lusaka and Southern Provinces respectively to follow up on his previous work in the region. In fulfillment of his dissertation research, Jerry conducted interviews among HIV positive pregnant and breastfeeding women on the impact of water hygiene and sanitation on antiretroviral treatment (ART) medication adherence intention

 

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Elenda Nwandu (Undergraduate Student, Dornsife School of Public Health), a summer-term Co-op Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Uganda in Kole, Uganda within the Aboke Area Development Program, which is in the Northern Region of the country. Elenda conducted interviews within households and schools to evaluate knowledge, attitudes and practices and the impact of community led total sanitation campaign in achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF) communities. Elenda also formed a student health club in a primary school to teach kids about topics which impact their health.
 

Marissa

Marissa Olson (Undergraduate Student, College of Arts and Sciences), a summer term Co-op Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Swaziland in the areas of Matsanjeni, Somntongo, and Siphofaneni, which are in the Shiselweni region of the country. Marissa co-created a video expressing the ways WASH affects girls' education and menstrual hygiene, interviewed students, teachers, and community members, and created surveys to assess the knowledge girl students have on menstruation and to see what their schools offer pertaining to menstrual hygiene. Additionally, Marissa proposed recommendations regarding best practices for menstrual hygiene for school-age girls.

Tessa

Tessa Pelger (Graduate Student, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Lesotho in Teyateyaneng within the Bera Area Development Program, which is located in Northwestern Lesotho. Tessa completed surveys within primary schools and high schools to evaluate schools that had renovated latrines versus those that did not, and how the quality of facilities affected children's absenteeism and menstrual health management

Noella

Noella Sama (Graduate, Dorsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vison Ghana at the Ghana Integrated-WASH (GI-WASH) Regional Office in Savelugu located in the Northern District. Noella conducted household surveys in Open Defecation Free (ODF) communities within Bawku West District to assess the impact of Open Defecation Free (ODF) status on the health and well-being of children. The data collected helped to inform program design and implementation of the WASH team.

Velton

Velton Showell (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Ghana in Tamale, Northern, Ghana at the GI-WASH office. Velton primarily worked in 5 communities within the Saboba Area Development Program, which is also located in the Northern Region of the country. Velton assessed water purification options for households within rural communities located in disaster prone areas. He designed and conducted household surveys to specifically evaluate household knowledge of the Procter & Gamble water purification program. Another key aspect of his project was carrying out microbial analysis on samples of purified water taken from the households to measure water quality and effectiveness of the implemented program by testing for the presence of E. coli. Velton then analyzed his results and detailed his findings in research report which he presented to the GI-WASH office prior to his departure.

Akshata

Akshata Yalvigi (Undergraduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a spring and summer term Co-op Scholar, spent 6 months working with World Vision Uganda in Northern Uganda within the Aboke Area Development Program. Akshata worked on integrating World Vision’s sanitation, nutrition, and maternal health programs by conducting house to house interviews concerning issues including sanitation and hygiene, child feeding habits, and adherence to antenatal care

2016 Dornsife Scholars

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Ruby Abaka-Yankson (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Zambia in Chipata, Zambia within the Makungwa Area Development Program, which is in the Eastern Province of the country. Ruby conducted interviews within households and schools to evaluate knowledge, attitudes and practices and the impact of community led total sanitation campaign in achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF) communities. Ruby interviewed village members, village headmen, school children and the chief of the chiefdom.

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Courtney Boyd, (Undergraduate, Pennoni Honors College), a Co-op Scholar, spent 6 months working with World Vision Malawi in Mzuzu, Malawi within the Chikwina-Mpamba Area Development Program, which is in the Northern Zone. Courtney facilitated surveys and other qualitative research within households, community focus groups, and world vision focus groups to measure the willingness to pay for improved water infrastructure and the implications of water management. She focused on the economic viability of sustaining the gravity fed water scheme currently in place in the area program.

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Giovanna Byrd, (Undergraduate, College of Arts and Sciences), a Co-op Scholar, is working with World Vision in Uganda for her Spring/Summer term. Giovanna is a global health advocate who is committed to serving mankind. She has previous experience working on water development projects in low-resource settings with a service organization called People to People.

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Morgan Flash, (Undergraduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Co-op Scholar, is spending his Spring/Summer term in Zambia with World Vision. Inspired by meeting Dana and David Dornsife during the 2014 Jonathan Mann Lecture, Morgan has previously spent time helping to establish water infrastructure in rural Jamaica, in areas surrounding his family compound.

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Felix Garcia-Weffer, (Undergraduate, Lebow College of Business), a Co-op Scholar, spent 6 months in Nampula with World Vision Mozambique. There, Felix worked on a borehole assessment project in the Northern Region, which developed into his final project where he assessed current impacts and possible improvements for World Vision Areas of Development Programs (ADPs) in the District of Nampula.

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Sachin Ghandi, (BS/MD, College of Medicine), ​a 2016 Summer Experience Scholar, spent 2 months with​ World Vision Zambia in the Sinazongwe Area Development Program in ​the Southern Province of Zambia. Sachin investigated the Exit Strategy of World Vision Zambia in Sinazongwe. He examined initiatives in the Health Sector that would eventually allow for a sustainable departure upon leaving the region. In order to do so, he participated in district summits across Zambia in which transitioning plans were laid down with the help of the community, partners, government, and other stakeholders. Upon compiling this data, Sachin studied the various methods and compared them against indicators of health to identify successful exit tactics.

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Benjamin Hertford, (Undergraduate, College of Engineering), a Fall/Winter Co-op Scholar, spent 6 months in Nampula with World Vision Mozambique. There, he evaluated the effectiveness of community-led total sanitation efforts in the Northern Region of the country.

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Sana Imam, (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Zimbabwe in Murambinda, Zimbabwe within the Buhera Area Development Program, which is the Northeast Zone. Sana conducted surveys within the community to assess the impact of rural sanitation facility construction. She gathered data on the community's financial status and involvement in various World Vision community-based programs to evaluate the impact of a newly implemented WASH program to end open defecation.

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Kaitlynn Jones, (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a 2016 Dornsife Global Development Scholar, spent 3 months working in conjunction with World Vision Zimbabwe, specifically paired with Limpopo Area Development Program, which is in the southern-most part of the country. Kaitlynn conducted research on the social effects of water point installation in ward 5 of Beitbridge district, specifically focusing on access/usage, gender equality, and health. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods she conducted separate community meetings with women, children, and the health clinic in the ward.  Once the research was completed Kaitlynn compiled a report and presented her findings to representatives from both World Vision Zimbabwe and World Vision USA. In addition to her research, Kaitlynn also monitored latrine construction in rural primary schools, and participated in community stakeholder meetings about gender-based violence and HIV prevention.

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Katrina Lewis, (Undergraduate, College of Nursing and Health Professions), a Co-op Scholar, spent 6 months working with World Vision Zambia in Chongwe, Zambia within the Kapululwe Area Development Program (ADP). Katrina had the privilege to work on various projects throughout her time in Zambia. The two main programs Katrina focused on was the Sesame WASH UP! Program, which was funded by World Vision Zambia and Sesame Street, and the Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Program. The Sesame WASH UP! Program focused on using muppets such as Elmo and Rahi to deliver WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) messages to children in rural schools and communities. On a weekly basis, Katrina evaluated the program in all 14 primary schools where WASH UP! was implemented. For MHM, Katrina facilitated a training meeting where school faculty, community members, and even church members were sensitized to the concept of menstruation. The main highlight of the training was the teaching of how to make reusable pads from materials they had at home. In addition to this, Katrina got to be a part of the planning of an Open Defecation Free (ODF) Day for a village.

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Evan Newcomer, (Undergraduate, College of Engineering), a 2016 Co-op Scholar, spent 6 months working with World Vision Malawi in Mzuzu, Malawi within the Chikwina-Mpamba Area Program, which is in the northern zone.  Evan worked with local project partners to design and conduct a study assessing the potential for domestic greywater reuse in rural, low-income communities, to reduce the burden of collecting potable water.  The study consisted of administering household surveys throughout the Chikwina-Mpamba area and collecting and testing greywater samples for the presence of Total Coliform and E. coli.  In addition to the greywater study, which was his main focus, Evan also tested community water points for bacterial contamination and created a map showing areas with high health risks, for World Vision and community stake holders to use.

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Jerry John Nutor, (Nursing, College of Nursing and Health Professions), a 2016 Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Zambia in Sinanongwe, within the Sinazongwe Area Development Program, which is in the Southern Province of Zambia. Jerry conducted several health education program for pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and community health volunteers on prevention of malaria, prevention of STIs and HIV, family planning, breastfeeding, personal hygiene and importance of maintaining good sanitation. He focused on improving breastfeeding practices among mothers at the community level where he designed a tool for educating mothers to improve attachment during breastfeeding. In addition to this, Jerry also developed interest in examining factors influencing adherence and retention in care of pregnant women tested positive for HIV.

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Kehinde Ogebule, (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working within World Vision Mozambique in Gaza, Mozambique within the Chibuto and Chivongoene Area Development Program in the Southern Zone. Kehinde assessed the aftereffects of installing boreholes in several communities. By conducting surveys in households, high schools and community clinics, Kehinde assessed the impact of WASH initiatives in relation to the new infrastructure. Kehinde also investigated how community members utilize the benefit of having potable water by assessing what daily activities that are productive to improve their quality of life--for instance child education, agriculture and construction. In addition, Kehinde also supported the Malaria project to evaluate healthcare providers, teachers and health committee's efforts in community education on Malaria prevention methods.

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Paulina Ramirez, (Medical Student, College of Medicine), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Mozambique in both the Xai-Xai and Chibuto Districts in the Southern Region of Mozambique. Paulina conducted surveys within households, at middle schools, and at health centers to understand behavior change and impact MozWASH initiatives have had in the region. She focused on learning the factors of implementation of water boreholes, and the importance of a community dynamics as it relates to improved water infrastructure. Paulina assessed community perspectives on the importance of sustainable water resources and its relationship to health and sanitation. In addition to this, Paulina worked on a major malaria prevention project where volunteers and school-age youth from the community are taught ways to prevent malaria, and then empowered to teach other community members those lessons.

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Sarah Robitaille, (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Zambia in Monze, Zambia within the Choongo Area Development Program, which is in the Southern Province. Sarah conducted surveys within schools to measure the impact of WASH on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) and female student absenteeism. She compiled reports on existing resources in the community and how WASH can formally integrate MHM into its program.

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Anamika Saha, (Medical Student, College of Medicine), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Zambia in Monze, Zambia with the Choongo Area Development Program, which is in the Southern Province. Anamika conducted interviews with mothers with children under age five to examine the impact of water, hygiene and sanitation(WASH) initiatives as they relate to a recent cholera outbreak that affected Monze. In addition, Anamika facilitated one of the regional summits which encompassed community representatives that spanned all age groups from 4 villages. The summit was held to learn of community specific limitations within the villages, as well as to develop a plan for World Vision to better address these issues.

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Shedane Shaw, (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Zambia in Chipata, at the Makungwa ADP is in the Eastern Province. Shedane conducted field research to evaluate the impact of a community-led total sanitation open defecation free campaign that was initiated in 2012. Her work involved the creation and administration of a qualitative survey that assessed the change in knowledge of and attitudes toward open defecation in community residents, school children, headmen, and the chief in the Madzimawe chiefdom. Shedane's findings and field date were translated into a qualitative research submitted on behalf of World Vision Zambia.

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Svenja Schneider, (Medical Student, College of Medicine), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Senegal in Kolda, Senegal within the Mampatim Area Development Program, which is in the Southern Region. Svenja conducted home visits and administered questionnaires to evaluate the efficacy of Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS). Through comparison of defecation practices, hygiene and contamination understanding, and hand-washing practices, she was able to show the success of CLTS in eliciting lasting behavior change and also identify barriers to change and elements of the program that need improvement.

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Alexandra Skula, (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a Summer Experience Scholar, spent 3 months working with World Vision Ghana at the Ghana Integrated - WASH (GI-WASH) Regional Office in Savelugu in Ghana's Northern District. Alex conducted focus groups to compare communities that had been certified as Open Defecation Free and communities that practiced open defecation to determine how they differ in knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs. Comparisons across communities that were and were not triggered with Community Led Total Sanitation efforts were made as well. Additionally, Alex supported the Monitoring and Evaluation department of the GI-WASH office in report writing and documentation, as well as compiling materials for Ghana's Sesame Street WASH Up! program.

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Mom “Nini” Tatah Mentan, (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a 2016 Research Scholar, spent three weeks in Rwanda with World Vision advancing some of her previous work she led as a 2015 Scholar. Nini returned to Rwanda to complete her master’s thesis work assessing the health impact of WASH on orphans and vulnerable children in Mugombwa Refugee Camp.

2015 Dornsife Scholars

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Meinkeng Stephannie Acha-Morfaw (Graduate, College of Medicine), a 2015 Scholar, worked in Karongi, Rwanda within the Byiringiro Area Development Program, which is in the Western Zone. Stephannie conducted surveys within households, at schools, health centers and community hygiene clubs to measure the impact of WASH on children's health, children's education, and the economic impact to the children's families. She focused on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) where she compiled reports on existing resources for the community and how WASH can formally integrate MHM into its program.


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Oyinkansola Aderele (Undergraduate, College of Engineering), a 2015 Scholar, spent her spring/summer co-op working with the Mazabuka community in Zambia. Oyin worked with the Mazabuka Area Development Program improving boreholes. She also offered on suggestions for more efficient drilling practices, while educating the communities on rehabilitation and maintenance.


Ruth Boansi

Ruth Boansi(Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a 2015 Scholar, worked within the Southern Africa Region in Zambia. She assisted the Sinazongwe Area Development Program with several of their WASH education initiatives. Most notably, Ruth evaluated the health and social markers of communities with successful Mechanized Water Systems.

 

Christina Bowles

Christina Bowles (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a 2015 Scholar, worked in Chipinge, Zimbabwe helping the Chipinge Area Development Program, evaluating ways to increase the sustainability of the functionality of water points with an emphasis on improving the functionality of water point committees.

 

Heidi Elnathan 

Heidi Elnathan (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a 2015 Scholar, worked in Lugazi, Uganda helping the World Vision Mukono/Buikwe Cluster office assess hand hygiene among health workers and the provision of hygiene and sanitation training to new mothers in Health facilities that provide MNCH (Maternal, New Born and Child Health) services.


Andy Fox

Andy Fox (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a 2015 Scholar, worked out of the World Vision office in Savelugu, in Northern Ghana. Andy worked on a project called “Software" where a team of World Vision personnel went into local communities to talk with people about hygiene behavior and the use of latrines, water stations, and other WASH programs. Demonstrations were done using a water treatment product that was developed by Proctor and Gamble.

Itoro Inoyo

Itoro Inoyo (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a 2015 Scholar, worked in Balaka, Malawi where she supported the World Vision Malawi office, working with both the Ntcheu and Balaka Area Development Programs. Itoro facilitated and assisted in the monitoring and evaluation of ongoing MNCH projects under World Vision's Malawi's WASH office, which focuses on improving health outcomes related to diarrhea, HIV/AIDs, acute respiratory diseases and malaria.

Gregory Kunkel

Gregory Kunkel (Undergraduate, College of Arts and Sciences), a 2015 Scholar, worked in Tamale, Ghana with the World Vision team in one of the most advanced water treatment labs in the entire continent. At the Regional Water Quality Lab, Greg helped advance a variety of initiatives that the World Vision Tamale Area Development Program currently has underway.

 

Beatrice Mwonga

Beatrice Mwonga (BS/MS, College of Engineering), a 2015 Scholar, returned to her home country of Kenya, to assist the World Vision WASH team in Nairobi on infrastructure enhancements. Her work directly benefited communities that she has grown up in witnessing firsthand the importance of proper WASH infrastructure.

Leah Popek

Leah Popek (Undergraduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a 2015 Scholar, worked within the Southern Africa Region in Zambia. She assisted the Sinazongwe Area Development Program with several of their WASH education initiatives. Most notably, Leah evaluated the health and social markers of communities with successful Mechanized Water Systems.


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Mom “Nini” Tatah Mentan
(Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a 2015 Scholar, was located in the Karongi District, in the Western Province of Rwanda and worked within the Byiringiro Area Development Program. Nini used survey questionnaires to assess, the health, economic, educational impact of WASH on orphans and vulnerable children. She also used survey questionnaires to evaluate management of water and sanitation infrastructures, community based environmental health programs and WASH in schools.

Tara Tobin 

Tara Tobin (Undergraduate, College of Arts and Sciences), a 2015 Scholar, completed a successful spring/summer co-op placement in Zambia. Tara worked with the World Vision Choongo Area Development Program leading several projects including improving WASH in schools and WASH education in local communities.

2014 Dornsife Scholars

Valerissa Baker 

Valerissa Baker (Undergraduate, College of Arts and Sciences), a 2014 Scholar, was the first recipient of the Dornsife Global Development Scholars program. She spent her spring/summer 2014 co-op in Zambia working with World Vision on intervention programs improving hand washing, personal hygiene, and menstrual hygiene practices.

 

Reeti Sharma

Reeti Sharma (Graduate, Dornsife School of Public Health), a 2014 Scholar, was the first international experience recipient of the Dornsife Global Development Scholars program. She spent her summer 2014 term in Malawi working with World Vision and the Mzuzu University collecting data examining water quality in northern Malawi.