Social science

Andrea Winkler

Prof. Andrea Sylvia Winkler, MD, Dr. med., PhD, Dr. med. habil., is a specialist neurologist, a senior researcher, the Co-(joint)-Director of the Center for Global Health at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and the Founding Director of the Centre for Global Health at the University of Oslo, where she holds a full professorship in Global Health. Her special interest lies with poverty-related diseases of the infectious (neglected tropical diseases) as well as non-infectious nature (e.g. epilepsy and diabetes), global mental health with an emphasis of global neurology, zoonotic diseases (especially those that affect the central nervous system e.g. neurocysticercosis) with the ensuing One-Health concept (for communicable and non-communicable diseases), global digital health and social sciences in Global Health. Prof. Winkler chairs The Lancet One Health Commission (together with Dr. John Amuasi, KCCR, Ghana) and together with colleagues she recently founded two research coalitions: The COVID-19 One Health Research Coalition and The Global COVID-19 Neuro Research Coalition, both calls being published in The Lancet and in The Lancet Neurology, respectively. In the Pediatric Praziquantel Consortium she is responsible, together with Andrea Buhl, for the social science work package in the ADOPT project that assesses knowledge and perception of (paediatric) schistosomiasis and acceptability of its treatment in preschool-age children, helping to inform the implementation strategy. 

Andrea Buhl-Colmsee

Andrea Buhl-Colmsee is a medical anthropologist with research experience in the field of social anthropology and public and global health and in sub-Saharan Africa. She studied social and cultural anthropology, sociology and intercultural communication, and did her PhD research in Tanzania on Palliative Care and Cancer, based at the University of Basel within the Medical Anthropology Research Group. She also received training in the PhD program "International Health" at the Center for International Health, LMU Munich. For the last three years, Andrea was scientific collaborator at the Gender, Society and Health Unit at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute Basel in a research project on childhood vaccinations. Since 2020, she has been working at the Center for Global Health at the Technical University Munich, where she is building up the newly established Social Science in Global Health Unit. Together with Prof. Andrea Winkler, she is responsible for the social science work package in the Pediatric Praziquantel Consortium ADOPT project. She coordinates the cooperation of social science research partners in the study countries as well as with the Access Team.  

Veronika Schmidt

Veronika Schmidt has more than 10 years of extensive experience in the management of multinational scientific studies and clinical trials (Phase II/III) in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her work is strongly influenced by the One Health concept. In addition to her MSc degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria, she holds a Doctorate in Human Biology from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany. Since 2013, she has been working at the Klinikum rechts der Isar of the Technical University of Munich. Here she built her research in R&D and implementation of point-of-care diagnostics for parasitic neglected tropical diseases (with a special focus on Taenia solium taeniasis/cysticercosis), in which the use of innovative Digital Health approaches such as augmented reality tools, is also playing an increasing role. 

Mary Nyamongo

Mary Nyamongo is the Founder Director of the African Institute for Health and Development (AIHD) in Kenya. She has worked for KEMRI, AMREF, APHRC and Population Council. She is the Vice-President for the African Region for the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE). Mary also serves on various international committees including Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) and the Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) of International Food Policy and Research Institute (IFPRI). She is a member of the Steering committee for NCDI Poverty Network, and she chairs the Advocacy Communication and Social Mobilization working group for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) at the Ministry of Health and holds a similar position for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in Kenya. Mary has published on gender, NCDs, NTDs, child health, gender-based violence (GBV), sexual and reproductive health, and poverty.  She is an Adjunct Faculty Member of Strathmore University, Nairobi. Mary holds a PhD (Social Anthropology), from the University of Cambridge, UK (1994) and a BA (Anthropology), from the University of Nairobi (1989).

Alice Sinkeet

Alice Sereti Sinkeet holds a Master’s degree in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences (Social Work) from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. She is currently the Executive Director of the African Institute for Health and Development (AIHD) in Kenya. Since 2018, Alice has been involved in neglected tropical disease (NTD) assessments and research activities, implemented by AIHD on behalf of the Ministry of Health. Before joining AIHD, Alice worked for various institutions including the Coalition of Violence Against Women (COVAW), Children’s Legal Action Network (CLAN), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Child Welfare Society of Kenya (CWSK). She has hands-on experience in qualitative and qualitative research as well as in gender and children issues, which continue to be a major focus for AIHD.

Alain Toh

Mr. Alain Toh is a teacher-researcher at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny University in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. He is professor of sociology and social anthropology. For the past 10 years, Alain has been working on neglected tropical diseases in collaboration with the National Program for the Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases with Preventive Chemotherapy (NPCNTD-PC). Within the framework of the Pediatric Praziquantel Consortium ADOPT program, Alain is the principal investigator of the social science work package in Cote d'Ivoire.

Stella Neema

Stella Neema is a Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, Makerere University. She has initiated and conducted social and behavioral research on young people Sexual and Reproductive Health and rights, HIV and AIDS, behavioral surveillance, gender and health, and community participatory studies. Since 2017 she has conducted collaborative studies on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), namely anthropological studies on praziquantel treatment and adherence to MDA and rhodesiense human African trypanosomiasis (r-HAT) in uganda. She is an expert in qualitative research approaches. She Chairs the Makerere University School of Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee.