Yanis Ben Amor, Program Director
Yanis created the Eminyeeto Program after noticing the difficulties girls in the Ruhiira community were facing through his work on HIV/AIDS research in the area. He oversees all of the program operations from New York City.
Dr. Ben Amor is a Research Scientist at the Earth Institute and the Director of the HIV/AIDS and TB Initiative at the Millennium Villages Project. He is also the Director of the Tropical Laboratory Initiative and is currently investigating the critical role of new diagnostics in the control of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in developing countries. Yanis is responsible for the successful implementation of laboratories within the Millennium Villages. His HIV/AIDS related research revolves around the optimum time for HIV retesting during pregnancy for early diagnosis of seroconversion. Dr. Ben Amor analyzes new, rapid diagnostic tools being investigated and develops ways to allow their implementation in resource-poor settings, where electricity and clean water can be limiting factors. As part of his work with the Millennium Villages Project, Yanis is also developing a point-of-care diagnostic toolkit for community health workers based on existing tests to diagnose diseases such as malaria, syphilis and HIV infection.
Dr. Ben Amor has a PhD in Molecular Biology, and a Masters in the same discipline from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Rennes (Rennes, France). He has published widely in the areas of tuberculosis diagnosis, global health, and prevention. He is also regularly a speaker on behalf of Columbia University and the Earth Institute at various conferences worldwide.
Naomi Byekwatso, Program Coordinator
Naomi is based in Ruhiira, Uganda and runs the day-to-day operations of the program activities. She facilitates trainings for the head female teachers and monitors the curriculum activities throughout the pilot schools. She has been instrumental in establishing connections with all 21 schools in the Ruhiira village cluster and working with the teachers to fully implement the curriculum. In addition Naomi has a strong business sense and has been coordinating with other business experts at the Earth Institute to develop strong and culturally appropriate income-generating activities for the girls and young women in Ruhiira.
Naomi has her Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology from Mbarara University of Science and Technology and is currently pursuing a Post-graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management at the Mbarara branch of the Uganda Management Institute.
Klubosumo Johnson Borh, Program Manager
Boys Empowerment Program
Klubosumo is based in the New York City office and is currently working on developing and implementing program for the boys in the Ruhiira community in Uganda. Klubosumo will plan and develop research instruments for the evaluation of the boys’ project in Uganda, write government grants and or project proposals in order to fund the implementation of the boys’ project. Klubosumo will monitor the project implementation and evaluate the project impact as well as have oversight and/ or input in financial management activities of the boys’ project.
Klubosumo holds a Master of Social Work degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work. He has been working with the girl empowerment program since September 2014.
Prior to joining the Eminyeeto team, Klubosumo worked as an experienced change agent with interest in community development trying to help some of the poorest, most excluded and most violent youth in Africa (specifically in Liberia, West Africa) through NEPI--a community-based organization.
Megan DaPisa-Keita, MSW, Program Advisor
Megan worked in the NYC office for the Eminyeeto Program from 2013 until the summer of 2014. She continues to assist and advise the program and is invested in the program's success.
She currently works at Resources for Children with Special Needs, coordinating parent advocacy and information workshops as well as youth- and disability-related outreach activities at NYC schools and community organizations.
Prior to working with Eminyeeto and RCSN, she worked in Kenya, first with the Peace Corps at a primary school for children who were deaf or hard of hearing, and then in the refugee resettlement field. Megan's focus was on child protection in the refugee camp setting throughout Eastern Africa as well as advocating for refugees with disabilities, health and mental health problems, and protection concerns.
She has a B.S. in Special Education and Psychology and an M.S.W. from Columbia University.
Justine Dowden, MPH, Data Analyst
Justine Dowden, MPH is a graduate of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health where she studied population and family health with a focus on health and human rights. In partnership with the Millennium Villages Project in Rwanda, Justine is currently co-leading a research study that investigates how having access to sanitary pads and/or reproductive health education affects the psychosocial well-being of adolescent girls.
Previously, Justine has worked for the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction in Geneva, an African development organization in Amsterdam, a health care access project for marginalized children in California, and for non-profits that support women’s rights both globally and domestically. In India, Justine has taught science at a primary school and worked at a maternal health and rights organization for one year. Justine currently serves as a Data Analyst with Eminyeeto's sister program in India, Yuva Nestham. She is responsible for supporting local monitoring and evaluation of research activities as well as data collection and analysis.