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Name: Ariana Traub

Position Title: HIV Prevention Care and Treatment Intern

Location: United States

Technical Expertise: Epidemiology,Data analysis and Visualization,Family Planning and Reproductive Health

Scope of Work

Ariana Moriah Traub is the HIV Prevention Care and Treatment 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

Ariana Traub’s background includes three years of molecular biology research as an undergraduate student at Brandeis University and population-based epidemiology research with New York University (NYU). As a public health student, she has traveled and lived in several countries. In 2016 she spent the summer living with a host family in Botswana, where she learned about the success of their universal healthcare system. She spent time understanding their HIV program through volunteering at local clinics and seeing first-hand the importance of community health workers. This past year, Ariana received her Master of Public Health in epidemiology from NYU’s Cross-Continental Program. This intensive program integrated training with globally related research in Washington, DC; Accra, Ghana; and Florence, Italy. As a member of the Ghana Health Services, she worked together with the government to oversee health facilities within the Greater Accra Region. Much of her time was focused in the family planning and maternity wards, where she learned about the lack of access for sexual and reproductive needs for Ghanaian women. She spent time assessing their educational program for family planning and reported the major differences between the large hospitals and the small community clinics. As a research assistant for NYU in Ghana, she performed data entry and analysis for a project that worked to decrease the stigma surrounding obstetric fistulas in Ghana. Ariana is extremely passionate about health equality and women’s empowerment, and hopes to combine her global health training with a medical degree to provide culturally appropriate and community-centered care to women in sub-Saharan Africa.