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Our Research Collaborators

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  1. Prof. Muriel Harris, PhD. Director of PhD Programme, Department of Health Promotion and Behavioural Sciences, University of Louisville, School of Public Health and Information Sciences, Louisville, KY 40202, USA                                                                                                                                                                                Prof. Harris's primary research has been on understanding the social determinants of health and disease and in program evaluation using mixed methods approaches.  This has included work both in the US and internationally and most recently, the evaluation of primary care services and primary education in Sierra Leone and of environmental, systems and policy change strategies to reduce the rates of obesity for the Communities Putting Prevention to Work federal grant on behalf of the Louisville Metro Department of Health and Wellness, USA. In addition, she conducted research on acceptability of microbicides for the prevention of HIV/AIDS and youth attitudes to HIV/AIDS prevention information and tools. Most recently she has been involved in the gender dimension of the Ebola Virus Epidemic in Sierra Leone and in developing infection control mechanisms it prevention in Maternal and Child Health facilities.  Muriel teaches programme evaluation and Community Based Participatory Research in the School of Public Health, University of Louisville, KY, USA.  She is the author of a public health textbook, Evaluating Public and Community Health Program, published by Jossey Bass in 2010.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  2. Dr. Lansana Gberie, Ottawa, Canada 

                                                                                                                                                                                   Dr. Lansana Gberie is a UN Security Council expert on West Africa. He was Senior Researcher with the Africa Conflict Prevention Programme of Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Addis Ababa, and previously Senior Research Fellow at the Kofi Annan International peacekeeping Traning Centre in Accra, Ghana, and Head of the Liberia Program of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). An academic and writer, Dr. Gberie has written extensively on conflict, conflict management, human rights and peacebuilding in Africa, including, most recently (as editor) Rescuing a Fragile State: Sierra Leone 2002-2008 (Wilfrid Laurier Unievrsity Press 2009). He is also author of A Dirty War in West Africa: The RUF and the Destruction of Sierra Leone (London: Hurst 2005). Dr. Gberie was awarded the 'Outstanding Research Award' by the Canadian government body IDRC in 2002 for his work with Partnership Africa Canada on the Human Security and International Diamond Trade project; he and his colleagues were also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by three senior US lawmakers for this work the following year.

  3. The Economic Forum, Freetown Sierra Leone www.economicforum.biz (Pete Kaindaneh, Managing Partner).                                                                                                                                                             The Economic Forum provides a broad range of fully integrated consulting services in areas that include economic and financial analyses, programme management and policy advice to national governments, private business interests and international development agencies. The Forum's expertise transcends various sectors, and covers critical issues including environmental and social safeguards, gender mainstreaming, and cross-cutting issues related to foreign aid effectiveness.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  4. Alfred Yambasu, SRN, CTCM&H, DCM&H, MPH, Freetown, Sierra Leone                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Alfred Yambasu is an experienced public Health specialist and programme manager. He was a health programme manager for GOAL Sierra Leone but now working with Vision Aid Overseas (An international NGO) as Programme Manager Eastern Province, Sierra Leone. He has experience of the Sierra Leonean health systems and has worked in both preventive and curative health institutions. Alfred has experience working with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and national and international NGOs such as Vision Aid Overseas, GOAL Sierra Leone,  St Luke society, the Shepherds Hospice and Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF-Belgium). He has managed funding from various funding agencies including UNICEF, EU and USAID                                                     
  5. Mohamed K. Kamara, BSc, MSc, Statistics Sierra Leone, Makeni, Sierra Leone
  6. Kristin E. Banek, BA, MPH, PhD Candidate, Freetown, Sierra Leone                                                             Kristen is a Global Public Health Professional with over twelve years of field experience. Vast experience in malaria control interventions and research (clinical trials, M&E, surveys and operational research), training/capacity building and epidemiology with additional experience in maternal and child health, reproductive health, and health system strengthening. Possesses strong management, communication, technical, and analytical skills; motivated and a good team player.
  7. Yeabu Thorley, BSc, MEd, Statistics Sierra Leone, Freetown, Sierra Leone                                                       Yeabu Josephine Tholley works as a Statistician at Statistics Sierra Leone in the Economic Statistics division. She has worked as a Statistician in the Planning and Policy Division of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, the Ministries of Health and Sanitation and Tourism and Cultural Affairs, the Demographic and Social Statistics division at headquarters, the Northern Regional Office in Bombali District and also the district office in Tonkolili. She has participated as Trainer/Coordinator/Secondary Editor/Report Writer in many Surveys and research exercises. These included the Sierra Leone Behavioural Surveillance Survey HIV/AIDS (BSS/HIV/AIDS), 2013 Sierra Leone Demographic and Health Survey (SLDHS), Sierra Leone Malaria, Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Household Survey, the Sierra Leone School Census, Convention For the Elimination of All Forms Of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Household Survey, the 2009 National Telecommunication (NATCOM) Assessment Survey and the Multiple Integrated Cluster Survey (MICS 4). She was a Senior Mathematics Lecturer teaching Statistics and involved in research work at a Polytechnic college in Sierra Leone. Yeabu was also a member of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW) Working Group on Women's and Girls’ Rights and developed the 2012 Human Rights Education Toolkit.                                                                                                                       
  8. Dr. Johannes John-Langba, PhD, MPH, Cape Town, South Africa.                                                                       Dr. Johannes John-Langba is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Development at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Research Fellow of the Cairns Institute, James Cook University in Australia. He holds a PhD in Social Work and MPH in Behavioral and Community Health from the University of Pittsburgh, United States. He has over 10 years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in research, teaching and program management on HIV/AIDS, migration and health, child poverty, mental health, and sexual and reproductive health. Prior to joining UCT, he was the Regional Migration and Health Research Officer at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in South Africa and Senior Technical Specialist for evaluations and operations research at mothers2mothers in Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. John-Langba also worked for the United Nations as Social Policy and Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist in the Children and AIDS Section at the UNICEF Regional Office in Kenya. He has been involved in various international research consortia and initiatives on HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health including the AIDS, Conflicts and Security Initiative (ASCI) of the Social Science Research Council (USA) and the Sexual and Reproductive Health Research Programme Consortium of the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. He was a member of the team of Senior African Scientists’ tasked with reviewing a HIV Vaccine Case Study of the NIH RFP0506 in Kenya in 2004.  Dr. John-Langba is currently working with the INDEPTH Network on an initiative to strengthen the social science research capacities of INDEPTH Network member sites. Dr. John-Langba is the recipient of various fellowships and awards including the Population Policy Communication Fellow of the Population Reference Bureau (USA), The Rand Institute Fellowship, and the prestigious William H. Cosby and Camille O. Hanks-Cosby Fellowship at Howard University for outstanding scholarship and achievement.                                                                                                                             
  9. Ibrahim Kamara, BSc, PGDip, Freetown, Sierra Leone
  10. Kars de Bruijne, BA, BA, MA, PhD Candidate, Groningen, The Netherlands                                                               Kars de Bruijne is a researcher on civil conflict and military strategy holding degrees in History, Philosophy and International Relations (with distinction). In his research he uses mixed-methods - quantitative analysis, quasi-anthropological and historical techniques. He carried out fieldwork in Brussels, Ghana and most crucially Sierra Leone. In addition, to serving as a Lecturer at the Department of International Relations (University of Groningen) he occasionally carries out work for the Armed Conflict Location Event Dataset (ACLED). Previously, he worked at the Centre for European Security Studies (CESS) Groningen, the Netherlands and as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom. He is about to hand in his PhD on Military Optimism in Sierra Leone at the University of Groningen.                                                                          
  11. Dr. Hussainatu J. Abdullah, BSc, MSc, PhD, Dakar, Senegal                                                                         Hussainatu Abdullah is an experienced gender and social development consultant and researcher. She was a Programme Officer with the UNIFEM (now UN-Women) Regional Office for Anglophone West Africa. She has a background in social science research, women’s empowerment, and has experience working in several African countries, including Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. She has also consulted for several international agencies including SIDA, Ford Foundation, UNFPA, UNICEF, ILO, the Swedish NGO Foundation for Human Rights, Femmes Afrika Solidarite, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the African Union, the African Development Bank, Millennium Challenge Corporation and the World Bank.                                                                                          
  12. Esther S. Murana, ASN, BSc, MPH, Maryland, USA                                                                                         Esther Murana has a background in Public Health and Nursing, with experience executing strategies adopted by governments aimed at improving the health of disadvantaged populations. In her last position as a Technical Assistant at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone, Esther was actively involved in strengthening the Adolescent Health Program. She also has experience working in health programs aimed at optimizing the health of at-risk pregnant women and eliminating barriers to attaining positive pregnancy outcomes.                                                                                                                                                    
  13. Dr. Brian Temple, USA
  14. Dr. Christopher Taylor, Sc.D., NIH/NIAID, USA                                                                                                 Dr Taylor is currently the Bacterial Diseases Program Officer, in the Respiratory Diseases Branch, Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Previously he served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, The Medical College of Pennsylvania (currently Drexel University), and earlier was a Senior Staff Fellow in the Laboratory of Immunogenetics, NIAID. He has received several awards including the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) "Young Investigator Award"in 1983,and in 1992, he served as Chair, The Immunology Division, American Society for Microbiology and as Embassy Science Fellow, Freetown Sierra Leone in 2009. He was the Principal Investigator of several competitive research grants (including 3 NIH awards) and was the Co-PI on a number of others. In his current position as Program Officer, he has organized several workshops and developed initiatives related to bacterial respiratory infections. Among these, he is noted for organizing a series of meetings entitled “Carbohydrate Moieties as Vaccine Candidates”, in 2004, 2007, and 2011. Dr. Taylor remains active in the American Society for Microbiology and other professional societies and is actively involved in educating and mentoring young students, introducing them to the challenges of biomedical research.
  15. Dr. Leonald Gordon-Harris, Diagnostic Clinic, Freetown, Sierra Leone

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CHaRT-SL is a national NGO, business registered and incorporated on 26/02/13 by the Registrar General; registered on 14/03/13 with the Sierra Leone Association of NGOs (SLANGO); on 22/03/13 with the National Revenue Authority (NRA), TIN 1042204-8; and with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development. It will finance its operations through consultancies, research grants from national and international research funders, donors and partners.

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