Public Health Analyst and Principal Investigator
Miriam is a global health researcher, passionate about changing gender inequality and preventing violence against women and girls. Having worked across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, she's currently dedicated to shaping South Africa's gender equality landscape, and works with numerous South African partner organizations - from Sonke Gender Justice to the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation.
Based in Cape Town, Miriam's work as a gender specialist exhibits a cross-cutting commitment to identify and address gender inequalities across a spectrum of public health issues. She has experience working in sub-Saharan Africa and East Asia on a range of topics including HIV/AIDS prevention and care, family planning, gender-based violence and water and sanitation. Her focus on intervention development and research in the context of gender equity has led to the creation of several global resources including Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG), Compendium of Monitoring and Evaluation Indicators and more recently Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Intervention Research on Violence Against Women - co-published with the World Health Organization (WHO). In addition, she has experience training research staff; writing and designing study protocols, operating procedures, data management systems, and data collection instruments; and in qualitative research methodologies, analysis, and writing.
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As part of our efforts to improve the reproductive health of vulnerable populations around the globe, RTI International operates the Women's Global Health Imperative (WGHI) program. The investigators at WGHI conduct rigorous epidemiologic, biomedical, and socio-behavioural research to identify and intervene on factors that affect infectious disease and chronic health outcomes. These research findings are used, in turn, to inform the design and implementation of new programs, monitoring and evaluation systems, and health policies.