Mentorship and Global Health Careers
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Discussions with seasoned researchers from the TDR global 2020 Career Impact Contest, where they share different aspects of their career trajectories, including support they received via research, education and mentoring opportunities. They also share some challenges they faced, including accessing funding, lack of skills and approaches they took to overcome them. Additionally, they talk about their mentoring relationships as both mentors and mentees, and how they have been able to maintain, build, and pay-it-forward to others, through their critical work in their respective countries and in global health.
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Dr. Rashad Abdul-Ghani, an Associate Professor and researcher at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Sana'a University, and the Tropical Disease Research Center, University of Science and Technology, Yemen. His research focuses on parasitic diseases, neglected tropical diseases, vector-borne diseases, and public health. Learn more about Rashad’s work here:‪Rashad Abdul-Ghani‬ - ‪Google Scholar‬

Dr. Nadira Kurunaweera is the Chair Professor of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Visiting Fellow, School of Public Health, Harvard University, USA. As a Medical Parasitologist she has extensive teaching, training and research experience in tropical diseases, especially vector-borne diseases. Her achievements have been recognized through many awards, honors and fellowships. Connect with Nadira on Twitter @medfaccmb. Learn more about her work: Professor Nadira D. Karunaweera – Faculty of Medicine (

Dr. Avila Montes, who is an Ex-TDR grantee with public health experience in Honduras, El Salvador, Puerto Rico and Guatemala, as an effective manager in program design, management, strategic planning, and health research related to vector borne disease control (Dengue, Zika and Chagas disease), outbreak response, maternal & child health, and HIV/AIDS control. Learn more about Avila and his work here: Gustavo Adolfo Avila Montes Profile | Special Programme for Research & Training in Tropical Diseases (

Editing by Carl Peck
Research: Emmanuela Oppong & Alice Matimba
Producers: Emmanuela Oppong (Producer), Alice Matimba (Senior Producer), Isabela Malta (Producer), Christine Boinett (Creator and Executive producer), Catherine Holmes (Marketing)
Host: Emmanuela Oppong
Media and Marketing: Catherine Holmes


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