The Global WACh Scholars program connects University of Washington graduate students with exciting opportunities for practical experience in the field of global health. From developing a congressional policy brief on child nutrition with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), PATH and 1000 days; to understanding why women in Ethiopia do not access HIV services in pregnancy with SCOPE; to supporting the monitoring and evaluation of the Maternal and Young Child Nutrition Security Initiative in Asia (MYCNSIA) Program with UNICEF in Southeast Asia; Global WACh Scholars have contributed to improving maternal, adolescent and child health around the world.
UNICEF and Global WACh have partnered to support the monitoring and evaluation of the Maternal and Young Child Nutrition Security Initiative in Asia (MYCNSIA) Program. MYCNSIA is an initiative started in 2011 to identify innovative interventions and program delivery models to improve maternal, infant and young child nutrition in five Southeast Asian countries (Bangladesh, Laos, Indonesia, Nepal and Philippines). The University of Washington has been contracted to support the monitoring and evaluation of MYCNSIA and will work closely with the UNICEF Regional Offices, individual UNICEF country offices and key stakeholders and partner organizations where MYCNSIA is being implemented.
The initiative currently includes four program support assistant positions for University of Washington graduate students.
MYCNSIA Posting – Laos
Jessica Broz is a second year MPH student in Health Services. A native Washingtonian, she feels lucky to have grown up in such a beautiful part of the world. She enjoys traveling and meeting new people. Jessica has spent time in Tanzania and India and recently spent a year teaching English in Japan. Passionate about nutrition, Jessica worked as a nutrition coordinator at an elementary school in the Highline School District and gardened alongside low-income high school youth.
MYCNSIA Posting – Philippines
MYCNSIA Posting – Nepal
MYCNSIA Posting – Nepal
Chris grew up in Seattle before he left to study Linguistics at McGill University in Montreal, where he met his partner, Emily. They spent time living in New Zealand before returning to Seattle, where he is now earning his MPH in the Peace Corps’ Masters International program at the Department of Global Health. He has just returned from two years of service with the Peace Corps Community HIV/AIDS Outreach Project in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, where he worked with a small community-based organization to develop and improve community health worker-delivered services for people living with HIV/TB.
During his fellowship in Nepal he will work with UNICEF and at the NPC with the National Nutrition and Food Security Secretariat to revise and streamline the monitoring and evaluation framework of the Multi-sector Nutrition Plan (MSNP). He will travel to the MSNP pilot districts to meet with sector officials and identify opportunities for capacity building at the district level. He will also support the design of the MSNP baseline survey and nutrition sentinel site surveillance system, in line with the needs of the monitoring and evaluation framework.