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Program Staff: Public Health Training Initiative

Stephen Blount, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Special Health Projects

Dr. Stephen Blount joined The Carter Center as director of Special Health Projects in 2013. Blount oversees the Center's work to intensify binational coordination between the Dominican Republic and Haiti to eliminate malaria and lymphatic filariasis on the island of Hispaniola. He is also leading the Center's effort to expand public health training in low-resource countries.

Before joining The Carter Center, Blount spent 25 years at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a succession of leadership positions, the last of which was as associate director for global health development. Prior to that, he directed the CDC's Office of Global Health from 1997 to 2005 and the Coordinating Office of Global Health from 2005 to 2010. In these roles, Blount provided programmatic and financial oversight for the Global AIDS Program, global immunization and disease eradication activities, as well as malaria, tuberculosis, and tobacco control efforts. He oversaw a $1.8 billion budget, 200 U.S. government staff in 50 countries, and 1,500 locally hired staff and contractors. Blount was the CDC's lead strategist for global activities and managed key partnerships with ministries of health, United Nations organizations, the World Bank, other U.S. government organizations, and nongovernmental organizations. Read full bio. 

Seseni Nu, M.A., M.P.H.
Associate Director, Special Health Projects

Ms. Seseni Nu joined The Carter Center as associate director of Special Health Projects in 2017. In this role, she leads the Center's efforts to plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate the Public Health Training Initiative in Sudan and Nigeria.

Prior to joining the Center, Nu worked for 12 years as a technical specialist for ICF* in Atlanta, supporting U.S. government and United Nations agency-funded global HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights projects. Prior to her work with ICF, Nu served as the international programs manager for SisterLove Inc. in Atlanta, responsible for the organization’s HIV prevention capacity-building initiative in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Nu holds a master of arts in international affairs and development from Clark Atlanta University and a master of public health in international health from Morehouse School of Medicine; she earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany.

Aida Smajic
Program Assistant, Special Health Projects

Aida Smajic provides administrative and logistical support for the Carter Center’s Hispaniola Initiative, Nigeria Public Health Training Initiative, and Sudan Public Health Training Initiative. Originally from Bosnia and Hercegovina and raised in Berlin, she is fluent in Bosnian and German. She moved to the U.S. in 1999. Smajic holds a bachelor of business administration in international business and a bachelor of arts in German from the University of Georgia. She plans to study the science of mental health in graduate school.

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