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River Blindness Elimination Program, Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program, and Schistosomiasis Control Program Staff

Frank O. Richards Jr., M.D.
Director, River Blindness Elimination Program, Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program, and Schistosomiasis Control Program

An expert in parasitic and tropical diseases from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Richards has worked extensively in Latin America and Africa. Aside from supervising the River Blindness Elimination Program, he also is closely involved with new Carter Center initiatives in schistosomiasis and lymphatic filariasis in Nigeria.  He holds faculty appointments at the Emory Rollins School of Public Health (Department of Global Health) and the Emory School of Medicine (Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease), and he is affiliated with Children's Health Care of Atlanta.

Dr. Richards' career has focused on issues of global health, most of them dedicated to disease control and eradication in the Americas and Africa. He worked on schistosomiasis control in Egypt, Guinea worm eradication in Cameroon, lymphatic filariasis in Haiti and Nigeria, and malaria control in Guatemala. Dr. Richards' particular expertise is in onchocerciasis (river blindness) and the delivery of Mectizan® tablets (donated by Merck & Co.) through mass drug administration programs. He has been involved in the Guatemalan Mectizan distribution program since 1987 and in the Nigerian Mectizan distribution program since 1992. He participated in the launching and operations of two major regional river blindness programs: the Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas (launched in 1992), which reaches six countries in the Americas, and the African Program for Onchocerciasis Control (launched in 1996), reaching 18 countries in Africa. Read full bio.

 

Moses Katabarwa, M.A., M.P.H, Ph.D.
Senior Program Epidemiologist, River Blindness Elimination Program, Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program, and Schistosomiasis Control Program

As senior program epidemiologist, Dr. Katabarwa provides scientific support to the Center's river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, and schistosomiasis programs. A medical anthropologist trained in public health, Dr. Katabarwa studies the importance of community structures in the delivery of health care services. Dr. Katabarwa is a leader in the elimination of river blindness from Uganda (where he serves on the Ugandan Onchocerciasis Elimination Expert Advisory Committee), Sudan, and Ethiopia.

Katabarwa helped establish a national community-directed program for the treatment of river blindness in Uganda that resulted in the 2001 Ugandan government decision that all community-based health programs should include community-directed intervention approaches. A similar approach had been adapted by the World Health Organization's African Program for Onchocerciasis Control in 1996.

Dr. Katabarwa served as country director for the Carter Center's Uganda office from 1998 to 2003. He also has worked at a senior level with other non-governmental development organizations including OXFAM, World Vision International, and River Blindness Foundation.

Dr. Katabarwa earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Makerere University, Uganda. He has a master's degree and doctorate in anthropology from Commonwealth Open University in the United Kingdom. He received his Master of Public Health degree from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in 1997. He received Emory University's Sheth Distinguished International Alumni Award from Emory's Rollins School of Public Health in 2005.  He has been a guest researcher in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and currently is adjunct professor at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health. Since 1996, Dr. Katabarwa has been a member of the Lions Clubs International.

 

Gregory Noland, Ph.D.
Epidemiologist, River Blindness Elimination Program, Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program, and Schistosomiasis Control Program

Dr. Gregory Noland joined The Carter Center in June 2011. As program epidemiologist, Dr. Noland provides scientific support to the Center's Malaria Control Program. Dr. Noland has more than a decade of basic and applied research experience in malaria and other parasitic diseases.

Prior to joining The Carter Center, Dr. Noland was a project manager and postdoctoral fellow for a University of Minnesota malaria research program in Kisumu, Kenya, in partnership with the Kenya Medical Research Institute. While in Kisumu, Dr. Noland managed operations of a more than 40-person staff on a multimillion dollar research program to examine the epidemiology of malaria transmission and immunity in western Kenya. Prior to that, from 1998 to 2001, he was a guest researcher at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Parasitic Diseases.

Dr. Noland received a doctoral degree in molecular microbiology and immunology in 2007 from Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health, where his thesis evaluated the impact of intestinal helminth infection on malaria disease progression, transmission, and vaccine response. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Davidson College and currently is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree in global epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

 

Lindsay Rakers
Associate Director, River Blindness Elimination Program, Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program, and Schistosomiasis Control Program

As associate director, Ms. Rakers assists the Center's river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, and schistosomiasis programs by writing grant reports, annual program reports, and articles. In addition, she co-authors papers for journals, travels to field offices to assess program needs, and tracks and analyzes program activity data.

Ms. Rakers graduated with honors from Pennsylvania State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications.

 

Lauri Hudson-Davis
Program Associate, River Blindness, Guinea Worm, Lymphatic Filariasis, Schistosomiasis, and Malaria Programs

Ms. Hudson-Davis acts as a liaison between program staff, field offices, and consultants.  She coordinates annual program meetings and other events, compiles and edits program reports, and provides support to travelers.  She also takes on special projects and occasionally visits programs in the field to collect data on program performance. Ms. Hudson-Davis graduated cum laude from Centenary College New Jersey in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management.

 

 

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