PAN AMERICAN HEALTH ORGANIZATION
PAN AMERICAN HEALTH ORGANIZATION
International collaboration of PAHO/WHO, CIDEIM, Icesi and TDR
The partnership is a joint effort between PAHO/WHO, CIDEIM and ICESI. The implementation team is mainly based in Cali, Colombia.
LUIS GABRIEL CUERVO
Dr. Luis Gabriel Cuervo is a senior advisor to the SIHI project. Having been an advisor to the Global SIHI initiative since its launch, he is passionate about using knowledge for health, and is a champion to promoting social innovation in health. As PAHO’s Senior Advisor for Research Promotion and Development, he coordinated the development of the Policy on Research for Health (2009) and now supports its implementation and monitoring. He also coordinated the Americas regional contributions to WHO’s Strategy on Research for Health (World Health Assembly, 2010).
He brings broad experience in partnerships and capacity development to produce and use research for health, including the development of standards, good practices, and governance mechanisms for research. He has been at the forefront of innovations in summarizing and communicating research findings to inform decisions for health in many areas: public policy, healthcare provision, and prevention. Luis Gabriel was a pioneer with the Cochrane Collaboration in Colombia, consulted WHO in the evidence-informed harmonization of the interagency lists for reproductive health, supported the internationalization and growth of BMJ’s Clinical Evidence as a Senior Clinical Editor, and developed a partnership between Clinical Evidence and Cochrane. In Colombia he was a clinician and a university teacher who supported the establishment of a Family Medicine graduate program, and the expansion of Clinical Epidemiology with the INCLEN network. Dr. Cuervo is a MD specialized in Family Medicine, who began his research work as an undergraduate student and intensified during his pursuit of an MSc in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Currently based in Washington DC, USA. More info here.
NANCY GORE SARAVIA
Project Facilitator and Advisor
Dr. Nancy Saravia, is a facilitator and advisor for the project. She is the Scientific Director of the Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Médicas (CIDEIM) in Cali, Colombia. The promotion and development of research capacity has been a constant of her career. This has involved international partnerships to build local and regional research and training capacities through interdisciplinary investigation on tropical infectious diseases.
Dr. Saravia is a biologist who holds a Doctorate degree in Microbiology from Vanderbilt University, a Post Doc in Inmunobiology from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s in Pathobiology and Environmental Health from Johns Hopkins University.” Her research career in tropical infectious diseases has focused on the host-pathogen relationship at the individual, population and cellular levels and has included diverse microbial pathogens causing diseases linked to poverty including: American trypanosomiasis, malaria, amebiasis, tuberculosis, leprosy, sporotrichosis, and leishmaniasis. Dased in CIDEIM, Cali, Colombia since 1978. More information here.
MARIA ISABEL IRURITA
Implementation Supervisor and Case Study Lead
Ms. Maria Irurita is supervising the implementation of the call for solution and lead the case study production. She is a social enterprise and social innovation advisor, trainer, and developer with experience of working and researching underserved communities. Trained as an economist and as an anthropologist and with a postgraduate degree in Anthropology of Development, Maria worked in London for ten years advising women-led, user-led, Black Minority Ethnic Refugee-led and young people’s groups. She also directed a Corporate Social Responsibility programme and created a capacity building support scheme for social enterprises (Ready to Grow Program).
Ms. Irurita has worked as a freelance consultant and researcher for various organizations and clients in Europe, Latin America, and South East Asia and in 2011 she joined academia as Director of the MA in Social Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London. Upon her return to her native Colombia in 2014, she set up the Master Degree in Management for Social Innovation at Universidad Icesi, in Cali, where she continues to support various community initiatives. Currently based in Icesi, Cali, Colombia. More information here.
Project Manager and Research Assistant
Mr. Josselyn Mothe is a Project Manager and Research Assistant for this project, he is coordinating the efforts and facilitating its implementation and launch. Currently, he is a Master Candidate in Public and Health Policies at Sciences Po Paris, France. A former intern in Research Promotion and Development at PAHO/WHO’Office of Knowledge Management, Bioethics and Research, he is persuaded that the training of the newest generation of researchers is crucial. He aims to expand initiatives that can empower students with research and evidence-based medicine.
Back in France, Josselyn worked for both the private and public sector. He has experience working in care facilities for old persons, where he was first exposed to social innovation ideas for people over 65 years old. During his time at the French Ministry of Health, he contributed to the development of a reference book on health care workers. Eager to remain in the field, he has also worked as a consultant in hospital management and organization on how to improve the delivery of healthcare through process analysis and local cooperation strategies. Currently based in CIDEIM, Cali, Colombia. More info here.
LINA JARAMILLO LOPEZ
Implementation and Launch Specialist
Ms. Lina Jaramillo is supporting the implementation and launch of SIHI project in Central American and the Caribbean. She is a Master Candidate in Management for Social Innovation at Icesi University, and has a B.A in Political Science and International Relations. She is currently working as an Office Manager and Research Assistant at the Afrodiasporic Studies Center in Icesi University. Her research lines of interest are international cooperation and sustainable development.
She participated in the civil society committee for the construction of Sustainable Development Objectives in the 2015 United Nations General Assembly . In 2016, she started working with afrodescendent female victims of armed conflict in Bojayá, Chocó doing field research on how to empower women at an economic and psychosocial level after violent events. Currently based in Icesi, Cali, Colombia. More information here.
LUIS ENRIQUE VACAFLOR
Mr. Luis Enrique Vacaflor is supporting the dissemination of the call through the implementation of the communication strategy planed by the SIHI team. Luis is a chemist from Universidad Icesi and since 2015 has been a project manager in CIDEIM, coordinating the training program “Linking the Power of Omics Technologies to Translational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases”, which aim is to strengthen capacities and build collaborations between Colombian and UK researchers.