Global WACh

January 26, 2024

Announcing the 2023-2024 UW Rising Star Award Recipients

The Global WACh and Enterics for Global Health (EFGH) Shigella surveillance study (housed within the center) are pleased to announce the four recipients of the 2023-2024 Rising Star Award cycle.  A goal of the award program was to identify highly talented junior investigators from institutions in low-middle income countries (LMIC) who are committed to a career in research in woman, adolescent, and child health broadly, and in pediatric enteric and diarrheal disease.  To learn more about the award program and previous recipients, visit our informational webpages on the Global WACh and EFGH study sites. Meet our Rising Stars!


Naveed Ahmed, MSc

Aga Khan University

Project Title: An introduction of vaccine in routine immunization program Pakistan using case study of Shigella vaccine – A stakeholder analysis

Naveed Ahmed is a Research Manager at the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. He earned his MSc in Health Policy and Management and completed a trauma and injury fellowship under the Johns Hopkins-Pakistan Fogarty International Collaborative Trauma and Injury Research Training (ICTIRT) program in 2015.


Jane Juma, MCHD

Center for Vaccine Development – Mali

Project Title: Gastrointestinal microbiome profiles associated with shigellosis in children

Jane Juma is a Microbiologist at the Center for Vaccine Development in Mali. She holds a master’s degree in Community Health and Development from Greats Lake University of Kisumu, Kenya and diplomas in Medical Biotechnology and Medical Laboratory Sciences from the Kenya Technical University of Nairobi in Kenya.



Maureen Ndalama, MSc

Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Program

Project Title: Understanding the knowledge, decision making and healthcare seeking behaviors of caregivers under 5 children with diarrhea in urban Blantyre, Malawi

Maureen Ndalama is a Clinical Trial Pharmacist at the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Research Program. She earned a master’s degree in Clinical Trials at the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.



Dr. Rafiuk Cosmos Yakubu, MBChB

Tamale Teaching Hospital and the University for Development Studies, School of Medicine

Project Title: Association of Inhaled-Substance Use and Respiratory Problems in Adolescents in the Tamale Metropolis of Ghana

Dr. Yakubu is a Senior Paediatrician Specialist and Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics at the University for Development Studies, School of Medicine in Tamale, Ghana. He specializes in caring for children with asthma and founded an asthma clinic at the Tamale Teaching Hospital that aims to provide internationally recommended care from diagnosis to management and also promote teaching and research in child health.