Brazil - Federal University of Maranhão
Zeni Carvalho Lamy
Zeni is a Pediatrician and neonatologist and holds a PhD in Child and Women’s Health. She is an Associate Professor at the Federal University of Maranhão, Brazil where she is a researcher of the Graduate Program in Collective Health (UFMA). Zeni is also the Coordinator of the Center for Studies on Health and Subjectivity NESS of CNPq, National Consultant for the Coordination of Child Health and Breastfeeding of the Brazilian Ministry of Health. Member of the Advisory Board of the Society of Child and Pediatrics of Maranhão, Brazil. Zeni has a great deal of experience in medicine, with emphasis on Public Health and Maternal and Child Health.
Brazil - Fiocruz Fundation
Maria do Carmo Leal
Maria do Carmo Leal is a Professor at the National School of Public Health (NSPH) Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Brazilian Ministry of Health, and a Senior Researcher of the Brazilian National Council of Research. She is a lead researcher, who has led several investigations into Maternal and Child Health with emphasis in Epidemiology and programme evaluation in her country. Her areas of scientific expertise include Inequalities in Health, Primary Health Care, Reproductive Health, Maternal Mortality and Infant and Child Mortality.
Maria do Carmo Leal coordinates program and project grants funded by the Brazilian National Council of Research, the Brazilian Ministry of Health and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Recently, she has coordinated a major national enquiry, Birth in Brazil: a national survey into Labor and Birth, whose results contributed to supporting the development of an agreement among the Brazilian Ministry of Health, the National Agency of Supplementary Health and private hospitals in order to promote normal labor and birth, as well as the reduction of unnecessary CS. Another product of her work was the Birth in Prisons Study, which showed an overview of antenatal and childbirth care in incarcerated women and was crucial to establishing public policies to ensure sexual and reproductive rights for these women and their children.
Colombia - Universidad de los Andes
Jovana Alexandra Ocampo Cañas
Jovana is a Medical practitioner, with a master’s and Doctorate in Public Health with expertise in topics related to Health Systems, Children, Gender and Interculturalism. She is an external advisor to International Cooperation Agencies on issues related to Health Models, Maternal Child Health and Neglected Diseases. Currently is a teacher and researcher of the Public Health Team of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of the Andes. With great expertise in primary health care strategies and project development involving community intervention related to highly vulnerable or armed conflict populations. High sensitivity by social issues – Inequities and social injustice in ethnic minority groups or population under special conditions.
Oscar Alberto Bernal Acevedo
Oscar is a medical practitioner of the University of Antioquia (UDEA), Master of the Tulane University School of Public Health in International Public Health and Master in Planning and management of social programmes at the University of Coruña, Spain. He has a PhD in Public Health and Biomedical Research from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He has more than 20 years of experience as programme coordinator at Medics Without Borders, teaching and research on topics such as health systems, epidemics, infectious diseases, evaluation and monitoring, health system reform, health sciences, collective health and public health.
El Salvador - FLACSO
Carlos Guillermo Ramos
Carlos is the coordinator of FLACSO El Salvador’s team for ReGHID. He is a Salvadoran sociologist, with extensive academic research experience in Central America and particularly in El Salvador. He has a long tradition and links of academic work with the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), as well as with other academic bodies in the country and the region. The M.Sc. Ramos worked as a professor and Executive Director of the Center for Information, Documentation and Research Support (CIDAI) and of the PROCESS Weekly of the Central American University “José Simeón Cañas” (UCA) of El Salvador between 1991 and 1994. He worked as a researcher for FLACSO El Salvador as of 1994 and was appointed Academic Coordinator of FLACSO in 1999. In 2009, he was appointed Director of FLACSO in El Salvador, a position he held until 2018.
During his professional career he has served as a member and head of various national instances, and currently serves as Academic Coordinator of FLACSO El Salvador and as Technical Secretary of the Knowledge Network on Citizen Security in Central America (CONOSE) in which 12 academic institutions of the region participate. He has carried out research and coordinated research teams at the national and regional level on issues of youth and violence, democracy and citizen security, poverty and social exclusion, local territorial development, and education and labor markets. He has at least 30 academic publications derived from his research in different countries and has been part of multiple editorial projects.
Mónica Alexandra Linares Laínez
Mónica is the Principal Investigator of FLACSO El Salvador’s team for ReGHID. She is a sociologist from the University of the Ozarks and holds a master’s degree in Political and Social Studies from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She is a researcher at FLACSO El Salvador since 2013. She has also been a professor for the University of El Salvador and for the Department of Sociology and Political Sciences of the Central American University “José Simeón Cañas” (UCA), and has been a thesis advisor for the Department of Psychology and Public Health of the UCA.
She has participated in national, regional and international research projects and has coordinated research teams on topics such as: violence, perception of citizen security, food security, pregnancy and forced motherhood in girls and adolescents, among others, for national government institutions, United Nations agencies and other regional and international organizations. She has also investigated on social exclusion and youth; and has published on the topics of: violence in the educational environment, elections in El Salvador 2019, homicidal violence in El Salvador, and the situation and conditions of adolescents and women victims-perpetrators of violence in El Salvador.
Henry Oswaldo Garcia Estrada
Henry is a researcher of FLACSO El Salvador’s team for ReGHID. He is a sociologist, and has been a member of the research team at FLACSO El Salvador since 2019. He is also professor of General Sociology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of El Salvador (UES) during the year 2021.
He has participated in research projects on secondary education, design of a system of labour market indicators, and determinants of homicidal violence in Central America.
El Salvador - IOM
Ugo Ramos Castillo
Ugo Ramos Castillo is the Regional Sub-Coordinator for Health and Migration for Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Ugo received his PhD in Medicine and Surgery from Alberto Masferrer University in El Salvador, and a MBA from the Instituto Superior de Economía y Administración de Empresas in El Salvador. He received his project management qualification from the Project Management Institute, Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (UCA).
Ugo has more than 20 years of experience working nationally and internationally in Public Health Management, 15 years working with vulnerable populations, 15 years in design, monitoring and evaluation of health and development processes and more than 5 years working with migrant populations. Ugo has experience of working with international organizations, the United Nations, Governments of El Salvador and Panama and in the private sector in the health and development areas.