Global WACh

Our Rising Stars

The Rising Star seed award aims 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 pediatric enteric and diarrheal disease.  With support from the UW Population Health Initiative and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Global WACh and the Enterics for Global Health (EFGH) Shigella surveillance study launched two independent Rising Star Awards in 2022 to catalyze awardees’ career pathways to becoming independent researchers. Meet our inaugural Rising Star cohort!


Md. Taufiqil Islam
International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh

Award: EFGH Rising Star

Project Title: Proportion of secondary Shigella transmission and predisposing factors for developing Shigella infection among household contacts in the EFGH catchment area, Dhaka, Bangladesh



Billy Ogwel
Kenya Medical Research Center

Award: EFGH Rising Star

Project Title: Machine learning predictive models for longer duration diarrhea among children <5 years using clinical and socio-economic data in Kenya



Ednah Ojee
University of Nairobi

Award: Global WACh Rising Star

Project Title: The association between health worker home visits and growth and neurodevelopment in Kenyan children



Maribel Paredes Olórtegui
Asociacion Benefica PRISMA

Award: EFGH Rising Star

Project Title: Barriers to care seeking for acute diarrheal illness in Peru




Emmanuel Nii-Boye Quarshie
University of Ghana

Award: Global WACh Rising Star

Project Title: Suicidal behaviour in pregnant adolescent girls in Ghana