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A Closer Look At Neglected Tropical Diseases

Crown Agents is leading a consortium of experts working to enhance national control and elimination approaches to Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in 12 countries across Southern and East Africa and South Asia. Discover more about the life-changing work of the DFID-funded ASCEND programme and meet our experts taking on the challenge in these interviews.

INTERVIEWS WITH OUR EXPERTS

Nastu Sharma

Nastu has been working in the area of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) since 2013, first with USAID supporting ENVISION, a global NTD project led by RTI International, and now with Crown Agents and DFID supporting the ASCEND programme in Nepal.

His areas of expertise include health system strengthening, public-private partnerships, governance and accountability, gender equality and social inclusion in health, health financing, infectious diseases, public health policy and management, and NTD control and elimination.

Nastu has a background as a registered medical doctor, and holds a Master’s degree in Public Health, a Postgraduate degree in obstetrics and a PhD in Clinical Tropical Medicine.

Read NASTU SHARMA’s INTERVIEW HERE

Aja Koul

Aja is a Public Health specialist with more than 19 years’ experience working on various programmes focusing on the control and elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), HIV/AIDS, primary health care services and health system strengthening.

She was previously employed by the South Sudan Ministry of Health as Deputy Director for NTDs. During this time, Aja built strong relationships with relevant ministries, government officials, stakeholders, INGOs, NGOs, UN agencies, donors and partners to help progress the NTD elimination agenda in country. She currently holds the position of ASCEND Country Lead in South Sudan.

READ AJA KOUL’S INTERVIEW HERE