Campus: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Class of 2001
Employer: Malaria Consortium, Mozambique
Saving half the world’s population from a treatable disease
Due to a favorable climate and poor living conditions, the majority of Mozambique’s population suffers from malaria – an infectious disease that can have a serious negative impact on pregnant women and young children. Malaria is the number one killer among children under five in Mozambique; however, leading international organizations are combating the preventable and treatable disease throughout the country.
In Mozambique Anne Griggs, '01 MSPH alumna is working with the Malaria Consortium to improve the prevention and delivery of diagnostics and treatment of malaria and other communicable diseases. Working with communities, health systems, governments and non-government agencies, and local and international organizations, Anne is helping to strengthen the country’s National Malaria Control Programme.
Employed with the Malaria Consortium since February 2009, Anne is continuing to learn daily. “I accepted the MC offer because it most closely and consistently matched my professional and personal goals,” says Anne. “Plus, this offer was unique in that it allowed me the chance to break into the malaria field in Africa (Mozambique), without prior experience unlike so many other job descriptions.”
With a myriad of intellectual stimuli and adventures it’s not hard for Anne to love what she does. As the Malaria Technical Officer, she designs, revises, implements, analyzes, and summarizes a variety of monitoring and evaluation projects around malaria prevention, treatment, and control. She is also working on projects that overlap areas of malaria research with integrated management of childhood illnesses, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and other neglected tropical diseases.
“This is a great opportunity to combine and expand on so many skills, applied field (and desk) epidemiology, communications training, monitoring and evaluation, logistics, database management, statistics, grant writing, manuscript preparation, GIS and spatial theory, survey design, cultural, geographic, language and SCUBA immersion, to name a few.”
One piece of monitoring and evaluation projects includes coordinating field surveys throughout the country. Some surveys she is has worked on include a net tracking system of long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN) given to pregnant women during antenatal visits and a retail survey of the kinds of nets sold by different sellers to evaluate how market demand can increase in different communities.
Anne would not be as effective in her career without her CSPH education. “Having met and worked with other MPH’s from around the US and world, it didn’t take long to appreciate the value of the strong epidemiology and statistical methodology taught at [UCD],” she says.
Through her MSPH education, Anne gained and improved valuable skills in SAS programming, statistical and epidemiological methodology, scientific writing and critical thinking. She also says she learned to focus on facts, defend them with data and minimize supposition. All skills she uses daily in her job.
Having an MSPH has allowed Anne to work at the Colorado Department of Health and Environment Disease Control and Environmental Epidemiology Division, Centers for Disease Control and New York City Bureau of Tuberculosis Control.
“An MSPH alone or in conjunction with any other degree opens many doors—there are no limits to what you can do with it,” says Anne.
She adds, “There is tremendous value in the combined forces of the research universities now involved—take advantage of the breadth as much as is possible. Go to Fort Collins, Greeley, and Boulder and take classes there. Each university has impressive reach and influence within the State of Colorado, nationally and internationally.”