Emory Stillbirth
Network funded

Emory has been granted $777,000 to establish a network to study the scope and causes of stillbirths in the United States. It is one of five sites chosen by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health. Barbara Stoll, associate professor of pediatrics, and Carol Hogue, professor at the School of Public Health, are the co-principal investigators.

Biomedical grads
gain post-doc slots

The Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation has awarded the School of Medicine a four-year grant of $263,560 to establish a new postdoctoral fellowship program for outstanding biomedical graduates.














































































































First Class of Foege Fellows

International public health workers hone their skills
while bringing real-world experience to the classroom

Martin Swaka has run hospitals with little or no electricity in Somalia and Southern Sudan. Rose Zambezi organizes adolescent reproductive health projects in Zambia. Sadi Moussa has engineered clean water supplies for much of Niger. And Ayman Elsheikh helps track infectious and parasitic diseases in Sudan.

These four public health workers–the first class of William H. Foege Fellows in Global Health–will spend two years at Emory earning master’s degrees in international health at the Rollins School of Public Health.

“My experience so far is an excellent one,” says Elsheikh. “During my studies here at Emory, I will take every chance possible to increase my knowledge and experience in the public health field so as to be able to help promote the health and well-being of the most unfortunate people in remote areas in Sudan, those suffering from disease, malnutrition, and lack of shelter.”

The annual Foege fellowships are funded by a five million dollar endowment from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Fellows are midlevel professionals from developing countries selected for their leadership abilities and commitment to public health– traits exemplified by Foege himself.

“Bill Foege has devoted his life to ensuring that others can enjoy full and healthy lives. His achievements remind us that investing in health is a critical first step to improving the social and economic well-being of millions of people around the world,” said Bill Gates Sr., co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “I can think of no better way to honor him than to encourage and train others to continue the work he pioneered.”

Swaka, a doctor, coordinates emergency response teams for CARE Somalia/South Sudan, which helps residents displaced by war. Although challenged by a lack of resources, he says, the teams are making progress against endemic diseases like malaria, river blindness, and Guinea worm.

Moussa’s focus is environmental health, especially combatting diseases through improving the quality of drinking water. “Niger’s health policy is aimed at treatment, not prevention,” he says. “Hopefully, I can be in a position to help change that.”

Zambezi has managed health projects for CARE and the Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia, and now coordinates reproductive health and HIV prevention programs for YouthNet, run by Family Health International in Washington, D.C.

Elsheikh works for The Carter Center as a program analyst and data manager at the Global 2000/Khartoum office, and hopes to help rebuild Sudan’s civil-war-ravaged public health system.

“Students say the Foege fellows really add a lot to discussions,” says Shannon Shelton, associate director for international affairs at Rollins. “They bring the concerns of developing countries into the classroom–concerns that many of the students have only read about.”

During their time at Emory, the fellows also are expected to develop lasting partnerships with mentors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Carter Center, and Care USA. Over the course of his career, Foege has served as director of the CDC, executive director of The Carter Center, a member of the CARE board, and senior medical adviser to the Gates Foundation’s Global Health Program.

Foege, who was appointed Presidential Distinguished Professor at Emory in 1997, received the 2001 Mary Woodard Lasker Award for Public Service–often called “America’s Nobel Prize”–for his role in eradicating smallpox and preventing river blindness. In August 2003, Foege received the Charles R. Hatcher Jr. M.D. Award for Excellence in Public Health, Rollins’ top faculty award.

“Bill Foege is one of those rare individuals who combines brilliant science with a moral vision that inspires everyone around him to work harder and accomplish more,” said Dean James W. Curran. “It’s hard to think of an area in public health that he has not touched and improved in some way.”–M.J.L.



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