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Ahlam Awad Mohammed

Ahlam Awad Mohammed is currently completing a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship with The Task Force for Global Health, an international NGO based in Decatur, GA that focuses on controlling and eliminating infectious diseases and on helping strengthen health systems around the world. Ahlam holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Epidemiology and Global Health and a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Ohio Wesleyan University.

AIM grew out of an innovative disease mapping breakthrough that was initiated by American Leprosy Missions in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as well as the Ministry of Health in Ghana. Using routine surveillance data of existing cases and morbidity, AIM partners with Ministries of Health, NGOs and others to map cases of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), enabling more accurately targeted delivery of health services.

AIM combines this innovative mapping method with support for integrated strategic planning and highly targeted case management that helps to better identify at-risk groups, reduce disability, and improve disease control. Our approach is designed to increase access to health services for people living with an NTD, enable disease elimination and increase early detection through combined NTD programs for case management.

AIM is a collaboration that brings together diverse partners including endemic country governments, research institutions, private sector, donors, and non-government organizations to accelerate integrated management of NTDs.

The AIM Initiative is a program of American Leprosy Missions.

  • Alison Ower, Research Assistant NTD Epidemiology Research Group, Imperial College
  • Justine Marshall, Manager, London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research

Aliza Ali is a senior studying Public Health at Tulane University. Aliza attended the 2018 COR-NTD Meeting as a blogger focusing on Chagas disease. She is currently a teaching assistant at Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and an intern with Sightsavers. 


Dr. Angus McLure is a postdoctoral fellow at the Research School of Population Health, Australian National University. His research interests are in the mathematics of infectious diseases, with an emphasis on zoonotic and vector-borne diseases.

Caroline Kusi

Caroline Kusi is a Senior Program Associate for the Neglected Tropical Disease Support Center (NTD-SC) where she serves as the research lead for the center’s social science research portfolio. With major grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, and UK aid from the British people, NTD-SC is Secretariat for the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD).

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Chelsea Toledo, MA, is Associate Director of Communications & Development for the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center, a program of the Task Force for Global Health. Supported principally by grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, and DFID, the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center serves as Secretariat for the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases, or COR-NTD. Chelsea has a background in science writing and nonprofit public relations, and is currently a student at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, where she is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree in Prevention Science.  

Christina Kirchner

Christina Kirchner is a second-year graduate student in the Health & Medical Journalism program at the University of Georgia, focusing on health and the business side of medicine. She also has an interest in health insurance and medical writing. She is currently a graduate assistant in Grady Sports Media, but manages a few projects along with her teaching assistant role. Christina earned her BA in journalism and German from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.