Immpact benefits from the contribution of a number of associates who provide valuable input to selected projects on a consultancy and voluntary basis.
Laura Chenevert has a MMS in Physician Assistant Studies from Arcadia University. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings internationally including New York City, Sudan, Kenya, and the UK in the specialities of neurosurgery, emergency medicine, and nephrology. Her interest in global health peaked after working as a medical volunteer in Africa for one year.
This experience prompted her to obtain a MPH in Global Public Health from New York University. She has conducted fieldwork in Nepal and looks forward to participating in more research focused on health system strengthening and health care delivery.
Zahid Quayyum holds a first degree in Economics from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh; an MA degree in Economics from Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand; and an MSc in Health Policy Planning and Financing from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. He undertook his PhD in Health Economics at the University of Aberdeen. He currently works at HEHTA (Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment) at the University of Glasgow.
Prior to joining HEHTA, he worked with the Health Economics Research Unit, University of Aberdeen where he worked on developing and applying economic evaluation methodology in trials and systematic reviews. His research interests include global health - maternal and child health in particular; economic evaluation and health care technology assessment of maternal and child health interventions, inequality in maternal and child health, and allocation of health care resources.
David Sullivan has recently retired after joining the Immpact Team as CEO in 2010 after over 30 years in leadership roles in public services including 10 years as an Executive Director in the Scottish Health Service. Alongside his CEO role, David's main interests were in health system strengthening and capacity-building for quality improvement in maternal and newborn care.
David worked principally in Ethiopia, India and Pakistan and taught leadership, change management and strategy development on a number of University MSc programmes as well as providing input to the bespoke training Immpact provides for developing country partners. David continues to support Immpact through his role as Immpact Associate.
Elaine Mottram is an organisation development and change management practitioner and coach with 20 years experience across public, higher education, private and third sectors. Elaine's particular area of interest is supporting and facilitating changes in service delivery which have significant impact and are sustainable. In order to achieve this Elaine's focus is on increasing leadership and team capability and personal impact in support of professional and clinical expertise.
In recent years Elaine has worked with a number of visitors to Immpact from Nigeria, Malawi, Ethiopia and Gambia to develop their leadership skills. This has been on both a one to one and a group basis and has been focused on increasing the ability to provide effective leadership in their local situation.
An epidemiologist with four years of post-doctoral experience. She has strong quantitative data analysis and synthesis skills and experience in conducting systematic reviews and designing original epidemiological studies. Research projects have focused on reproductive health, in particular maternal and newborn health, and usually involve analysis of the role of gender and its effect on health inequities.
She has extensive field experience in Afghanistan where she managed a group of field workers and research doctors to implement a maternal health research project and latterly in Nigeria. Atsumi is currently working with Immpact in Nigeria.
Siti Nurul Qomariyah
Siti Nurul Qomariyah is a public health researcher with 18 years experience. Nurul's interests are in maternal and child health, epidemiology, and reproductive health. She is one of the leading drivers for implementing new and more efficient methods of maternal mortality measurement developed by Immpact, and has worked in Sierra Leone, Somaliland and Pakistan as well as in her home country of Indonesia.
Jillian Evans is a senior health manager with particular expertise in health information, the application of evidence informed strategy and the mobilisation of teams. With over 28 years experience in primary, community and acute care in the Scottish and English health systems, she has worked with Immpact for the past four years on health systems development, particularly in research implementation.
Her contribution has been in building and strengthening capacity for undertaking health systems research, working with research organisations and Non Government Organisations in Nigeria and India.
Tendai Mhlanga is a public health specialist with nursing and midwifery qualifications. She has an MSc in Public Health (MPH) with a major in International Health and Development and a professional graduate diploma in education. She has over 25 years clinical and public health experience in national health systems (NHS) in Zimbabwe and the UK. Tendai has worked in Reproductive and Sexual Health (RHS) programmes including family planning, mother and newborn health and child health programmes in Zimbabwe.
Her research experiences include providing technical support in addressing health priorities in RHS and in planning, conducting evaluations in areas of maternal and newborn health in NHS in Zimbabwe and in South Sudan. She has been involved in capacity building improvement programmes in promoting cleanliness in public maternity facilities in her home country, Zimbabwe. Tendai’s research interests focuses on reducing delays among pregnant mothers in seeking medical care in communities in low-income countries. In addition, promoting quality care to pregnant mothers around the time of birth in the context of wider health systems approach, and monitoring and evaluations of programmes.
Shane Strachan is an Aberdeen-based writer whose work has appeared in many national publications and in local theatres; he holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Aberdeen.
In 2015 he was commissioned by Immpact to write a play about transport and referral barriers faced by women in labour in low- and medium-income countries; this was staged to a sold-out audience at the university’s 2015 May Festival. Following this, he is now working with Immpact and organisations in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on further public-engagement projects which raise awareness of the issues pregnant women and mothers face in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Find out more at www.shanestrachan.com
Suzanne Cross has an MSc in Social Development and Health and over ten years’ experience in the area of social development, with a particular focus on maternal health in low and middle income countries. She has extensive experience of tool development and data collection and analysis in resource limited settings.
Suzanne has previously worked with Immpact for several years. Her current role as Senior Programmes Officer for The Soapbox Collaborative, an Aberdeen-based NGO, has also involved working closely with Immpact on a number of projects relating to infection prevention on maternity units in low and middle income countries. Suzanne has experience working in Africa, Asia and Latin America and has worked previously for the University of Melbourne, Australia and with the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, based in Mexico City.