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Leland Fellow

Daniele Nyirandutiye

4th Class, 2007-2009

Field Placement: Helen Keller Internationa (HKI), Bamako, Mali

Daniele Nyirandutiye worked on the community-based therapeutic care program within HKI’s child survival project. At the time, HKI Mali was in the process of implementing Community-based Therapeutic Care (CTC) throughout the Koulikoro Region, with the aim of rehabilitating acutely malnourished children by providing services at the community level. HKI, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, provided technical assistance in terms of training health agents and community volunteers in the management of acute malnutrition.

Policy Placement: Helen Keller International (HKI), Dakar, Senegal

Daniele continued to work on the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) program in the Sahel at HKI’s Regional Office for Africa, where she designed and implemented an evaluation of the CMAM program in Malito assess its effectiveness. She also evaluated the integration of mass screening of acute malnutrition during National Nutrition Weeks. This was used to inform stakeholders about ways to continue improving the program while expanding it country-wide.

Pre-Fellowship Education/Experience:

Originally from Rwanda, Daniele and her family resettled in Dayton, Ohio in 1997 after spending three years in Kenya following the Rwandan genocide. Daniele attended the University of Dayton as an undergraduate. She received her Master’s in Public Health Studies at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. While at Emory, Daniele worked with the Carter Center’s Onchocerciasis Control Program in Cameroon to strengthen community-directed treatment using traditional kinship systems. Daniele also interned with Atlanta-based Carter Center’s Conflict Resolution Program where she monitored the dynamics of conflict in the Great Lakes region of Africa. Prior to the fellowship, Daniele worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the Tuskegee Health Benefit Program to create and implement a national database for the evaluation and monitoring of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study in order to determine whether victims of the study and their families receive medical treatment and care.