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Introducing the Global Handwashing Partnership’s new Global Health Corps Fellows

August 27, 2018

The Global Handwashing Partnership is excited to welcome two new members to our Secretariat team. We are hosting two fellows through our partnership with Global Health Corps. The Global Health Corps, now in its tenth year, develops a network of young changemakers and pairs them with placement organizations in the social impact space for a year. Read on to learn more about the fellows, their backgrounds and their new roles with the GHP Secretariat.

Aarin Palomares is serving as our Advocacy Technical Officer. She holds an MPH in Health Care Organization and Policy. She has previously worked with RESULTS and the United Nations Foundation on several advocacy initiatives.  As Advocacy Technical Officer, she will be managing the GHP’s advocacy efforts, particularly Global Handwashing Day, as well as coordinating partner outreach.

“I was interested in the Global Handwashing Partnership because of its mission and its unique approach to promoting handwashing with soap. By engaging organizations from different sectors, GHP can leverage each organizational strength and resource to holistically achieve its goal and prevent WASH-related issues worldwide.”

Aarin is excited to better understand the logistics behind a large campaign like Global Handwashing Day through her role as Advocacy Technical Officer.

“Often times, these events serve as the nudge a community needs to increase their efforts. As a community member, I know how influential these days can be, so I’m excited to be on the backend and help communities all over the world spread the message of handwashing with soap!”

Takeaways from her role so far:

“I was in New York City when the Sustainable Development Goals launched, and I remember being particularly excited to see a goal focused on WASH. I think it is important to note that while investments in access to water and sanitation are crucial in achieving this goal, it does very little without proper hygiene behavior. We must take a multi-faceted approach to ensure SDG 6 is met!”

When she’s not working, Aarin enjoys being outdoors and exploring the city.

“DC has such a dynamic and diverse culture, and I think it’s a great place to grow as a professional and expand my current skills. So far, I’ve enjoyed exploring different neighborhoods, museums, and workout classes, and I’m excited to see what this next year will bring!”

Ebuwa Evbuoma is the GHP’s Knowledge Management Technical Officer. She is a trained physician with interests that intersect communications, user experience design, data and policy for problem solving in global health. She has previously worked in design, research and publication capacities with nonprofits, design initiatives and community groups.

“The Partnership was a great space to work towards. The data shows the journey and gaps in handwashing, and how the implementation of proper handwashing can help girls stay in school, and reduce lost work hours. The GHP is nearly two decades old, and I wanted to be a part of an organization that has dedicated time and resources to thought leadership, to work with the team to bridge the past, present and future, and to steer knowledge management and effect sustainable improvements in health outcomes.”

She is vastly excited about the opportunities available in human-centered design and research to understand knowledge gaps and how to fill them. “Every day, I come to work and ask myself, ‘How might we…?’, and the knowledge design journey begins.”

Takeaways from her role so far:

“Everything matters. Integration will get us farther in our journey for cohesive action. The SDGs are a great example of the strength of cohesive action. The world united to effect a great reduction in the incidence of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). The magic we achieved with NTDs (Neglected Tropical Diseases)?  I want to see the world achieve that unity for all the issues interwoven around handwashing with soap.”

When she’s not working, Ebuwa can be found exploring cultural events, historical landmarks, or publishing essays and literature.

We’re excited to welcome Ebuwa and Aarin to our team! Please contact us to get in touch with our team, and watch this site for updates on their work in the year to come.

 

 

 

 

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