Mohamed Albirair is a physician from Sudan and a Global Health Implementation Science PhD student in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. After receiving his Master of Public Health in Global Health from the University of Washington, he continued to build his work experience in health systems research, where he joined the Public Health Institute in Khartoum and participated in evaluating Universal Health Coverage in Sudan. Before joining START he worked as an M&E officer at the Global Fund Prospective Country Evaluation Project in Sudan, where he evaluated the Global Fund’s contribution to the national health indicator targets, the Global Fund’s business model, and strategic priority themes. Appreciating the importance of data, he seeks to enhance systems for data capturing and reporting, and promote the culture of data use to inform decision making for health programming. His research interests include health information system, enhancing infection control to prevent infection-related cancers, and innovations to improve country ownership to sustain and finance interventions and transition from external funds.
“My time with Start has been an incredible journey, and a cornerstone of my both my personal and professional growth. The variety of projects that I worked on, from learning coding for predictive models and geospatial analysis, to synthesizing evidence for decision making, has further sharpened my technical skills. Working as a project manager, working with fellow RAs, being mentored by faculty leads, and receiving feedback on the process have all refined my skills and increased my confidence in my leadership style. The highlight of my time with START was being the International Student Representative, where I connected personally to fellow RAs, represented RAs’ voice at leadership meetings, and contributed to informing strategic planning. I wholeheartedly recommend investing the time with START for how rewarding it has been!” - Mohamed Albirair, START RA 2019 - 2021