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Fogarty Trainees Become Global Health Leaders

Over the decades, Fogarty’s programs have made significant contributions by filling the pipeline of global health leaders, extending the frontiers of science and accelerating discovery. These featured researchers - including senior government officials, and leaders of academic and nongonvermental organizations around the world - share how training supported by Fogarty has impacted their careers, helped build in-country research capacity, and fostered collaboration in research areas vital to global health.

Dr. Simani Gaseitsiwe
Botswana Harvard Partnership

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Dr. Simani Gaseitsiwe of the Botswana Harvard Partnership participated in Fogarty-support training led by his mentor Dr. Myron Essex, a long-time Fogarty and NIH grantee.


Dr. Ruth Nduati
University of Nairobi

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Dr. Ruth Nduati, a globally recognized authority on PMTCT, earned her master's in public health with Fogarty support. She has also served as an advisor to the WHO and Kenyan Ministry of Health.


Dr. Jerome Singh
CAPRISA, University of Toronto

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Career opportunities abounded for Dr. Jerome Singh after completing a year-long training program in bioethics supported by Fogarty.


Dr. Vonthanak Saphonn
University of Health Sciences, Cambodia

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Dr. Vonthanak Saphonn, rector of Cambodia's University of Health Sciences, trained under a Fogarty-supported HIV program.


Dr. Soumya Swaminathan

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Former Fogarty trainee Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, a deputy director general at the World Health Organization, previously served as director general of the Indian Council of Medical Research.


Dr. Marcos Espinal
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Dr Marcos Espinal, speaks into microphone in a conference room, sign on Zika Virus in the background

Dr. Marcos Espinal, chief of the Department of Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis at PAHO, pursued his master's and doctoral degrees with support from Fogarty's flagship AIDS research and training program.


Dr. John Nkengasong
Africa CDC

Dr. John Nkengasong

Dr. John Nkengasong, director of the Africa CDC, briefly received training through a Fogarty-supported program. The network he built endured and has had a big impact on his career.


Dr. Patricia Garcia
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

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Dr. Patricia Garcia of the School of Public Health and Administration at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru and a former Fogarty trainee also served as her country's minister of health.


Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye
Uganda Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation

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​Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, who leads Uganda's Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, holds a master's degree from Case Western Reserve University, which he attended on a Fogarty scholarship.