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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. Christian Happi
African Centre of Excellence for the Genomics of Infectious Disease
Redeemer's University

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Dr. Christian Happi's first NIH grant was a Fogarty International Research Collaboration Award and he is now an H3Africa Principal Investigator.

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Dr. Lloyd Mulenga
University of Zambia




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Dr. Lloyd Mulenga, who earned three advanced degrees with support from Fogarty research training programs, discusses the synergies of his roles as a physician, scientist and policymaker in Zambia.

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Dr. Soumya Swaminathan
WHO




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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dr. John Nkengasong
Africa CDC


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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.

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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.

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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.

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