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Name: Meron Asfaha

Position Title: HIV Testing Services Intern

Location: United States

Technical Expertise: Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health,Social and Behavior Change,Capacity Strengthening

Scope of Work

Meron Asfaha is the HIV Testing Services Intern. She works in USAID's Global Health Bureau (GH), in the Prevention, Care and Treatment Division (PCT) of the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA).

Background

Meron Asfaha earned her Master of Public Health (MPH) in behavioral sciences and health education with a certificate in maternal and child health at Emory University, and her Bachelor of Science in biology at Virginia Commonwealth UniversityAs an undergraduate, she quickly learned that her approach to health equity involved merging individual, organizational, and societal-level factors. In Richmond, Virginia, Meron was a health literacy educator and nutrition educator and took part in a two-year community service program that allowed her to gain programmatic skills in Nairobi, Kenya and Belize City, Belize. At the culmination of her experiences, she realized the expansive knowledge set that public health professionals within the diaspora have. Her interests then shifted towards global health research and programmingIn her MPH program, Meron managed a study to analyze the socio-contextual determinants for community-level care among neonates with possible severe bacterial infection. After partnering with various organizations (e.g., Emory – Ethiopia, Amhara Regional Health Bureau and the Amhara Public Health Institute)Meron understands the inherent value in leveraging the voice of in-country practitioners and public health professionals for development work. As an Intern, she would like to broaden her skills in multisectoral partnership building and health systems strengthening.