The Project Team
The Mobility and Health project team is composed of a core team and the project researchers.
The Core Team:
The core team is responsible for co-ordinating the overall programme and providing support to the project researchers. Please click on the names below for brief biographies of the core team members:
- Ana Bravo IFRTD Regional Coordinator for Latin America
- Jürg Christen Managing Director and Senior Social Infrastructure and Environmental Management Specialist, SKAT
- Ranjith de Silva, IFRTD Regional Coordinator for Asia
- Guy Kemtsop, IFRTD Regional Coordinator for Central and West Africa
- Kate Molesworth Reproductive Health and Social Development Adviser of the Swiss Tropical Institute
- Peter Njenga, IFRTD Regional Coordinator for East and Southern Africa
- Roger Schmid Transport Specialist, SKAT
- Marinke van Riet Executive Secretary of the IFRTD
- Thomas Zeller Co-head of Social Development Division, Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation
The Project Researchers:
The Project researchers are responsible for designing the research methodology for the overall programme, and carrying out the research and analysis. They have been instrumental in developing the Research Guidance Manual during the regional workshops including the overall analytical framework and a common approach and understanding for the case studies the researchers are undertaking.
The project researchers are listed here by region and by country. Click on the links to find out more about the researchers, a direct link to their projects is also available.
- Christel Jost is the Impact Assessment Advisor for Helvetas in Burkina Faso. As a team leader she is working on a study to assess the health impacts of a rural roads programme called Pistes Rurales in East Burkina Faso.
- Taye Berhanu is the Executive Director of the Ethiopian National Forum for Rural Transport and Development . As a team leader he is working on a study to assess the safe transport of critical patients in rural Ethiopia.
- Mulu Muleta is the Medical Director of the Addis Abeba Fistula Hospital and by training an obstetrician. As a team leader Mulu is working on obstetric fistula and transport access to emergency obstetric care services in the south of Ethiopia.
- Kenneth Odero is working with Jeffrey Maganya and Kaendi Muguti on a general assessment of the linkages between Mobility and Health: the case of Suba District.
- Aziza Benegusenga and her team members are working on a study to assess the impact of the traditional stretcher as the main means of transport in rural Rwanda: the Ingobyi in Gatsibo
- Mac Mashiri and team members from CSIR are working on a study to improve access to health care in rural areas with a particular focus on people living with HIV/AIDS.
- Rose Mlay and Helen Smith are working on a study titled "Mobilising communities: strengthening transport systems for obstetric emergency cases in Tanzania."
- Paul Kwamusi and Alice Nganwa are working on a project to assess the feasilbity of a mobile doctor service for poor people living on the islands in Lake Victoria.
- Patrick Kayemba and team members are working on an impact study of the bicycle ambulance in rural Uganda.
- Enock Zibengwa and a team from Riders for Health are working on a study to examine the role and impact on the health of disadvantaged groups of an appropriate, replicable community ambulance infrastructure (the Uhuru)
- Shamim Hassan is a programme manager with Practical Action in Bangladesh, As a team leader he is working on a study access and mobility which impact the health of low income communities in remote riverine islands in Faridpur district
- Ashoke Sarkar is a professor at the Birla Insitute of Technology and Science . With his team members he is working on the impact of the PMGSY rural roads programme in India on the health of women.
- Vardhani Ratnala is working as Knowledge Manager in the South Asia Office of Leonard Cheshire International, as a team leader she is working on a project on accessible transport and health of people with disabilities in rural India.
- Tarsis Hurmali is a coordinator with AYO Indonesia a local NGO in Flores. With his team member Karen Whitby he is working on Mobility relating to Maternal and Child Health in the Manggarai district, Eastern Indonesia.
- Ansu Tumbahangfe and her team members are working on an impact study of transport Interventions on Health related issues for Marginalised group. A Case Study: Trail bridges built under the Trail Bridge Sub-Sector Project (TBSSP) in Nepal
- Binjwala Shreshta and her team are working on the effects of restricted access on maternal health in remote and mountainous areas of rural Nepal: the DRSP experience
- Jun Hada is a programme manager with Practical Action Nepal. She is leading a research on the economic and social benefits of Non-motorised Intermediate Means of Transport (IMTs): Case Studies of Rural Nepal
- Abdul Shakoor is coordinator of Shehersaaz an IFRTD-affiliated network in Pakistan. With his team members they are carrying out a Research into the Health Impacts of Community Based Transport interventions in Pakistan
- Andrea Gutierrez is a lecturer at the University of Buenos Aires. She is doing a study into Mobility, poverty and adolescent health in Argentina. The case of rural-urban areas in Buenos Aires.
- Mirian Sanchez Uzeda and Julio Cesar Sanchez Uzeda are carrying out a Participatory Appraisal of the Health Mobile units, in the rural area of Bolivia.
- Cecilia Bellido and German Delgadillo both work for Ecosol a consultansy in Bolivia. They are researching mobility and maternal mortality in indigenous health networks in rural Bolivia.
- Rebeca Elizabeth Orellana Ayala and Marco Aurelio Colindres Estrada are working on a study titled: The impacts of mobility on the health of displaced groups in rural areas of Huehuetenango District in Guatemala
- Alfonso Balbuena works for the Institute of Transport in Mexico. As a team leader he is working on a study titled: Women's mobility in accessing health services in rural areas. a Case Study of Pinal de Amoles, Querétaro, Mexico
- Diogenes Ampan and Eduardo Neira are working on a study titled "The role of water transport in accessing conventional and traditional health service in the rural Amazon in Peru."
- Carolina Tarqui Mamani and Juan Contreras Sepúlveda are working on a comparative and gender analysis of the Rural Roads Programme in Peru, with a particular focus on its health impacts on the surrounding moutainous communities.
Ana graduated as a linguist and has furthered her studies on applied linguistics and public policies. At present Ana is the regional co-ordinator for Latin America of the International Forum on Rural Transport and Development. She is responsible for facilitating the implementation and resourcing of regional activities, developing interim systems for coordinating and communicating with other members of the Secretariat, and contributing to IFRTD’s global strategy. As a team member of the international Secretariat Ana was in charge of coordinating the external evaluation of the international forum in 2004 and is currently in charge of piloting the introduction of outcome mapping as a monitoring tool for the regional network.
Juerg’s professional background is in civil and
environmental engineering with more than 20 years of working experience
in the Swiss private sector and in programmes of the Swiss Agency for
Development and Co-operation, Swiss NGOs and international development
He has been involved as project manager and programme director, advisor and consultant in transport and mobility, water supply, sanitation, urban and rural health infrastructure services, environmental management, municipal and hazardous waste management and small enterprise involvement in shelter and energy efficiency projects in Nepal, Albania, Bhutan, Bosnia & Herzegowina, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Guatemala, Lesotho, Cameroon, Egypt, Kenya, Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda and Ukraine.
Juerg’s strengths are in the area of project appraisal and development, project management, strategic planning, institutional development, and capacity building, stakeholder participation, community mobilisation as well as impact monitoring and evaluation. He has participated in the organisation and facilitation of a number of international workshops conferences and study tours and has been prominently involved in building up the global Collaborative Working Group in Solid Waste Management in low- and middle- income countries.
Ranjith graduated as a Mechanical Engineer in 1972 and has worked in the government sector in Sri Lanka in the development of Small and Medium Scale Manufacturing and Service sector for 18 years. He joined the Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG), Sri Lanka office in 1991and was the Project Manager of their Manufacturing and Rural Transport projects until 1999. Ranjith served as the Senior Transport Specialist in the International Transport Programme of ITDG from 1999 to 2003 during which he was responsible for starting up Transport projects in Sudan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Peru and India mainly on community based rural transport. He is an expert in networking with a large number of individuals and organisations in the transport sector internationally. Ranjith has specialised in the manufacturing of Intermediate Means of Transport and community based transport infrastructure development. Currently, he is the Regional Coordinator for Asia of the International Forum for Rural Transport and Development (IFRTD).”
Guy Kemtsop is the regional coordinator for West and Central Africa for IFRTD. Working from his home country, Cameroon, Guy works with the NFGs and active members in the Francophone Africa region to advocate for improved rural transport policies and practices. Guy comes to IFRTD with a vast experience in rural transport issues. As IFRTD member Guy has been in a team of IFRTD members led by Paul Starkey which developed and tested a rapid assessment methodology for the Sub Saharan Africa Transport Program coordinated by the World Bank (SSATP). This methodology surveys transport types, operators, users and regulators at sampled and spokes, stratified by hub hierarchy and remoteness. It is called the Rapid Assessment of Rural Transport Services and the report is available through the following link.
Kate is the Reproductive Health and Social Development Adviser of the Swiss Tropical Institute (STI) and has a broad academic and applied experience in health and social sciences in countries including Nepal, Kenya, India, Tanzania and China. She has 15 years experience working in the combined fields of health, reproductive health fertility, gender, relating to road interventions, social and economic development. Before joining the Swiss Centre for International Health at the STI she was a senior scientist with the Zürich University Development Study Group/Swiss National Centre for Competence in Research and conducted research on health, livelihoods and poverty alleviation. Her main professional focus is integrative health and socio-economic development. She recently completed a years’ 50% secondment to the DFID Health Resource Centre, London, where she was a Health Specialist and Technical editor of the Eldis/DFID Health Resource Guides on Maternal and Neonatal Health and Sexual and Reproductive Health. She is currently a project leader of the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) backstopping mandate acting as a technical advisor on HIV/AIDS, mobility and health and integrated health and social development. She also conducts consultancies and evaluations in rural communities’ access to health; reproductive health; gender and HIV/AIDS and integrated social development and health. She is currently on behalf of SDC technical advisor to the WHO 2006 Global Report on Transport and Health.
Peter holds a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, with a specialisation on transport planning. He is the Eastern and Southern Africa Coordinator for the International Forum for Rural Transport and Development [IFRTD], a global network of individuals and organisations working together towards improved transport, acccess and mobility for the rural poor in developing countries. Currently based in Nairobi, Kenya, Mr Njenga has previously worked in IFRTD's head office in London, as both a deputy and acting Executive Secretary. Peter has worked extensively in Africa, as well as occasionally in Asia. He had published a number of articles on transport, chiefly in the "Transport Reviews" Journal, as well as "Public Service Review" journal. Peter is also an accomplished public policy analyst, and has previously worked with an International Dutch Development Agency as a policy research advisor in Kenya.
Roger Schmid’s professional background is in rural
and environmental engineering with more than 10 years of experience in
strategy development and programme management as well as design, planning,
implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects in the fields of
rural infrastructure development, water and environmental sanitation and
He has been engaged in development and disaster relief interventions as programme / project manager, consultant and infrastructure specialist in water supply, environmental sanitation, mobility, transport, social housing and small enterprise development in Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Benin, Burkina Faso, India, Nepal, Albania and China.
His strengths are in infrastructure at community / local level (rural and urban settings), situation analysis, public-private partnership development, institution and capacity building as well as social mobilisation including community participation and negotiation with stakeholders, accumulating more than 5 years field experience overseas.
In May 2005 Marinke joined the International Forum for Rural Transport and Development as the new Executive Secretary after more than six years as the Program Officer for Africa for the New York-based 'Trickle Up' Program. She was responsible managing a network of more than 60 nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and community-based organisations (CBOs) in eastern, western and southern Africa. Through networking, training workshops, technical and financial assistance, communication, field offices, regular visits and an intensive strategic planning process, Marinke provided technical oversight and capacity building to the network partners and entrepreneurs. She also has significant experience working with various foundations and multilateral institutions including the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme and several international NGOs. Born and raised in the Netherlands, Marinke qualified in African studies at the University of Leiden, with BA and Master's degrees. During her studies, Marinke specialized in environmental and legal anthropology, which took her to Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa. In Kenya, Marinke carried out research into various approaches in participatory processes used in developmental and environmental projects. This resulted in her thesis and publication, entitled 'Conservation and participation: forest or firewood.' Marinke has taught grassroots development at Columbia and New York Universities.
Thomas Zeller is an agricultural engineer with almost 20 years of field experience in rural development in Africa and Latin America followed by over 10 years experience at the HQ of SDC in Bern in thematic backstopping of SDC operations around the world in the fields of rural development, agriculture, health and water.
He has worked for a Swiss Non Governmental Organisation, German GTZ and SDC. His vision and strenghths are in integrated approaches, including the participation of all stakeholders.
Christel has a degree in social sciences from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and has recently completed a Masters in development studies whilst living in Burkina Faso. She has worked for the International Red Cross and various NGOs and community-based associations. Currently she is the impact assessment advisor for the Swiss NGO Helvetas where she is developing tools to assess the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of the rural roads programme in East Burkina Faso called – programme pistes rurales – Désenclavement à l’Est du Burkina Faso (PrEst).
As a team leader she is working with economist Brahim Kere on a study to assess the health impacts of a rural roads programme called Pistes Rurales in East Burkina Faso.
Taye has a long work experience both in government and private organisations. He is currently the Executive Director of the Ethiopian National Forum for Rural Transport and Development. Taye also lectures at Africa Beza College and works as a Consultant in Management. Prior to his present post, he had served as Secretary General of the Ethiopian Private Industries Association and Executive Director of the Ethiopian Employers Federation. He has a B.A. degree in Political Science and Government Affairs, minor in Economics. He has earned his MA and PhD in Economics. He has undertaken different research in various areas and has organised and conducted as well as participated in different seminars, workshops, training and conferences in Ethiopia and abroad.
Taye Berhanu and colleagues Aberra Gobezie and Tiruwork Liyew are working on a study on safe transport of critical patients in rural Ethiopia.
Mulu Muleta has been a fistula surgeon at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital for the last 16 years. She is an MD, Obstetrician Gynecologist and also has a Master of Science Degree in disease control. As a head of research and training, she has strengthened and formalised the training programme; supervised and handled several research projects at the AAFH.
She has been a medical Director at the Hospital for the last three years, during which time she proved her administrative skills. She is an honorary staff at the Addis Ababa University's Medical Faculty, the Department of , Gyneacology and Obstetrics.
Mulu and her colleague Solomon Abebe are carrying out a study on obstetric fistula and transport access to emergency obstetric care services in SIdama Zone in Southern Ethiopia
Kenneth Odero has advanced degrees in Urban and Regional Planning, specialising in issues of local and regional economic development, decentralisation, and infrastructure development and service delivery in African countries. His research interests span transport and development, local and regional development, poverty reduction, institutional analysis and design, and capacity building. For the past 18 years Ken has put on many hats, including that of a planner, institutional development advisor, project leader, consultant, researcher, university professor, organiser and facilitator of international workshops, seminars and conferences, and entrepreneur.
Kenneth is working with Jeffrey Maganya and Kaendi Muguti on a general assessment of the linkages between Mobility and Health: the case of Suba District.
Aziza holds a degree in economy and has seven years of experience in the public sector. Since 2002 she has been working in transport planning with the Ministry of Infrastructure. Aziza is also a founding member of the local IFRTD affiliated national forum group called: Forum Rwandais pour le Transport Rural et le Developpemtn (Rwanda NFG).
Aziza Benegusenga and her team members are working on a study to assess the impact of the traditional stretcher as the main means of transport in rural Rwanda: the Ingobyi in Gatsibo.
Rose Mlay is a holder of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Nursing degrees with a Major in Public/Community Health from Dalhousie University, Canada. She has been teaching nurses and other health students for most of her life both in class, at maternal and child health clinics and in communities inTanzania. She has conducted and published research studies including among others “Women's experiences in combining, exclusive breast feeding and working outside the home: Tanzania and Canada Situation”, “Using an Educational Workshop to Promote Mobility during Child Birth in Government Hospitals in Dar Es Salaam and Coast Regions, Tanzania” Rose participated in training of trainers in HIV/PMTCT counseling. She was one of the initiators of Africa Midwives Research Network and training midwives in the region on research methodology and evidence based practice. She also initiated the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in Tanzania, which she is currently coordinating.
Helen is Research Associate and Deputy Director with the Effective Health Care Alliance Research Consortium, funded by the Department for International Development and based at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Helen has a Masters in Applied Population Research and wrote her PhD on implementing evidence based obstetrics in resource-poor settings. Helen has worked as a social science health researcher for 8 years and is experienced in systematic reviewing and applied qualitative research; her research interests include qualitative research methods, qualitative synthesis, quality of reproductive health care, and translating research into policy and practice in developing countries. Helen provides technical support and capacity strengthening to projects developed with consortium partners in Africa and Asia, and has published research conducted in China, South Africa, Tanzania and Thailand.
Rose Mlay and Helen Smith are working on a study titled "Mobilising communities: strengthening transport systems for obstetric emergency cases in Tanzania."
Kwamusi Paul is a transport specialist interested in a number of transport areas particularly those affecting development issues. These are Traffic safety and rural transport. He is a Sociologist by education. He has for the last 17 years worked continuously in the area of traffic safety. He started his transport career as a traffic Police but left after three years of service. His work in Police enabled him to be interested in the area of road safety till today. Currently he runs a road safety consultancy in Kampala. The main work involves development of road safety materials, promotion and policy issues.
Regarding rural transport, he has been involved in rural transport issues for a long time. This was especially with the creation of the National Forum Group of Uganda (TFG) in 1997. TFG Uganda is affiliated to International Forum for Rural Transport and Development (IFRTD). He is currently the convener of the Ugandan Forum. As a member of IFRTD, he has been involved in a number of research programmes and capacity building workshops. He was involved in Gender and Transport Research Programme; Water ways and Livelihoods and Transport and; Poverty Research workshops. In addition, through IFRTD, Kwamusi was one of the main researchers in a programme called Improving Crop Marketing for Poor People through Appropriate Means of Transport.
Paul Kwamusi and Alice Nganwa are working on a project to assess the feasilbity of a mobile doctor service for poor people living on the islands in Lake Victoria.
Enock is the Community Manager for Riders Zimbabwe, responsible for spearheading Riders’ transport for development programmes particularly in rural communities.
Enock holds a Bachelor of Social Work Honours degree and a Diploma in Personnel Management and Training. He is currently studying for his Masters degree. He has vast academic and applied experience in participatory training and needs assessment, qualitative and quantitative social research, participatory project planning, monitoring, evaluation and management; and gender policy analysis and mainstreaming.
He is networked with a number of professionals and organisations in the area of health and development, and has been engaged in various pieces of HIV/AIDS research and relief intervention programmes with the World Health Organisation, the University of Zimbabwe and the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare.
Enock Zibengwa and a team from Riders for Health are working on a study to examine the role and impact on the health of disadvantaged groups of an appropriate, replicable community ambulance infrastructure (the Uhuru)
Shamim is a chemical and mechanical engineer who has worked in the public and private sector and with international development organisations. He is curently working for Practical Action-Bangladesh (ITDG), an international development organisation as a Programme Manager in Rural Transport and Farm Power under the International Programme Aim “Access to Infrastructure Services”. Before joining Practical Action-Bangladesh he was involved with manufacturing enterprises in operation, maintenance and safety for over 20 years.
With Practical Action-Bangladesh he has worked as a project manager of a multi country development project promoting the technology and capacity of small informal workshops; a water transport development work component and projects on adaptation, demonstration, hire service and skill training of farm machinery. Shamim’s strengths are in participatory project development involving baseline surveys and need analyses, project management and implementation, community mobilisation, capacity building, support to technical skill improvement, and technology management.
As a team leader Shamim is working on a study access and mobility which impact the health of low income communities in remote riverine islands in Faridpur district
Vardhani is a development professional from India. She has done her masters in rural management and has been working in this sector for 6 years. She has been involved in project management, research, monitoring and evaluation on health, microfinance and disability issues. Currently, she is working as Knowledge Manager in the South Asia Office of Leonard Cheshire International, a well-known disability NGO based in UK, taking care of monitoring, evaluation, capacity building and communication.
Prior to this, Vardhani has been working as a freelance consultant with various NGOs and was also associated with a national level study on “Impact of Microfinance in India”. Her strengths are in developing and designing evaluation tools like LFA, impact assessment studies and conducting evaluation studies and capacity building programmes.
Vardhani Radnala is working on a project on accessible transport and health of people with disabilities in rural India.
Tarsisius Hurmali is the director of the NGO Ayo Indonesia, a local development organisation in Ruteng, Flores, Indonesia. Through the organisation Mr. Hurmali and his friends have been promoting rural roads as an important part of rural development. The organisation has encouraged the local poor communities' self-help initiatives in constructing roads through which they can have access to the existing road networks.
He has a teaching background, and in his career development he found that working in development world has been more challenging and interesting. Tarsis used to be a staff of a Swiss NGO, Intercooperation, from 1993 – 1999, whereby he made himself experienced and skilled in some important rural development programmes, such as rural road construction, drinking water supply programmes and sustainable farming.
Karen Whitby is a skilled and experienced researcher, and has a strong track record of organising, coordinating and participating in research activities including desk, survey and field-based research. Karen is adept at analysing and synthesising information for a range of audiences, and is accomplished at reporting research findings, both orally and in written form. Utilising skills in communication and organisation, Karen is expert at liaising across project teams and departments, with senior managers and national and international contacts (including organisations, government departments, NGOs and the voluntary sector) to build relationships and partnerships. Karen has pubslihed various publications such as for example Thematic Probe: The Teaching of Skills in Primary and Lower Secondary Education in the International Review of Curriculum and Assessment Frameworks.
Karen and Tarsis are working on Mobility relating to Maternal and Child Health in the Manggarai district, Eastern Indonesia.
Ansu is a graduate in Social Work with an interest in community organisation and rural development. Upon graduation, she has worked as a research consultant in the rural water supply and sanitation sector in Nepal. At present she is part of the social team of Trail Bridge Sub Sector Project (TBSSP)/ Helvetas, involved in carrying out case studies focusing on inclusion, poverty, gender, conflict and good governance; and developing and implementing social monitoring guidelines. Presently, she is also pursuing her Masters degree in Rural Development.
Ansu Tumbahangfe and her team members are working on an impact study of transport Interventions on Health related issues for Marginalised group. A Case Study: Trail bridges built under the Trail Bridge Sub-Sector Project (TBSSP) in Nepal.
Ms Binjwala Shrestha holds a Masters in Sociology and a Bachelor degree in Public Health (BPH), She has specialised in Collaborative Research, Qualitative Methods for Health Programme Planning and Assessment, Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), Reproductive Health in Emergency Setting, Appreciative Enquiry, Health and Human Right, Communication and Advocacy, and Gender Mainstreaming in Medical Education
Binjwala Shreshta and her team are working on the effects of restricted access on maternal health in remote and mountainous areas of rural Nepal: the DRSP experience
Jun Hada is a team leader with Practical Action in Nepal Team Leader in the area of access to infrastructure services. As an Urban Planner and Architect, Jun has 10 years of professional experience in Nepal in the field of site planning, building designs, construction and supervision, participatory community development planning and monitoring, city development planning of various municipalities (Kathmandu, Tansen Lalitpur), planning for housing for the poor (slum upgrading, infrastructure upgrading etc. inn Kathmandu). Her experience also includes preparation of physical plans for housing development for middle and low income people in the eastern region of Nepal. She has experience in computer applications in planning projects and other urban information system.
Jun is leading a research on the economic and social benefits of Non-motorised Intermediate Means of Transport (IMTs): Case Studies of Rural Nepal
Shakoor holds degrees in City and Regional planning and is currently pursuing a masters in Environmental Design from Allama Iqbal Open University in Pakistan. He is the Principal Coordinator with the Rural Development Policy Institute (RDPI) in Islamabad-Pakistan. This is a civil initiative aimed to stimulate public dialogue on policies; inform public action; and activate social regrouping to celebrate capacities and address vulnerabilities of resource-poor rural communities in Pakistan. RDPI undertakes research, planning, training and advocacy endeavors to streamline appropriate and people-centered rural development. The thematic areas for RDPI’s working include Environment, Disaster Management, Appropriate Technologies, local governance, Education, Community Media and Gender.
With his team members Shakoor is carrying out a Research into the Health Impacts of Community Based Transport interventions in Pakistan.
Andrea Gutiérrez, was born in Buenos Aires in 1966, and has a doctoral degree in Geography from the National University of Buenos Aires (UBA). She is a university lecturer for under- and postgraduate degrees at both UBA and the National University of La Plata. She has also been a guest lecturer at several universities in Argentine, in national training and education programmes as well as universities abroad. As a researcher with UBA’s Department of Geography she has specialised in transport and spatial geography, working on mobility, public and political spaces, taking part in national and international projects. She has written over 50 articles related to these areas in books, academic journals both published in Argentina and abroad some of which have won awards.
Andrea Gutierrez is doing a study into Mobility, poverty and adolescent health in Argentina. The case of rural-urban areas in Buenos Aires.
Mirian Milka Sanchez Uzeda is a social scientist by training with a focus on social work. She has specialised in finding solutions for social conflicts at family, group and community level.
She is currently working on ILO-funded social projects to help improve access to basic services and improved sanitation as well as organisational capacity building and community empowerment in the peri-urban settings of Oruro, Bolivia.
Julio Cesar Sanchez Uzeda and Mirian Sanchez Uzeda are carrying out a Participatory Appraisal of the Health Mobile units, in the rural area of Bolivia.
Cecilia Bellido is an economist having spent most of her career in the financial sector: private and commercial banking and in credit cards. Currently she is a consultant and administrative manager with Ecosol SRL, a company dedicated the microenterprise sector. She is also pursuing a master in International Trade and a diploma in using IT for project design and evaluation.
German Delgadillo and Cecilia Bellido are studying maternal health and mobility among indigenous health networks in rural Bolivia.
Rebeca Orellana is a biologist and holds a Master in Project Design and Evaluation. She has worked mainly in the biodiversity sphere: such as medicinal and edible plants, health and botanical taxonomy. Rebecca prefers to work with databases, GIS and health. Currently she is working as a researcher with the Centre for Conservation, Botany and Databases in Guatemala.
Marco Aurelio Colindres is a Civil Engineer who graduated from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala and also holds a Masters in Planning and Urban Management. He is an active member of the Commission for Accessible Transport and Public Spaces and the Independent Living Group in Guatemala. His main objective to participate in these groups is to offer technical support on mobility and accessibility for Persons with Limited Mobility. He has worked extensively researching access and rural roads. At the moment he is coordinating a project in Water and Sanitation, and municipal Capacity Building in the municipalities of San Andrés' Semetabaj and Santa María at the Department of Sololá in Guatemala.
Marco and Rebeca are working on a study titled: The impacts of mobility on the health of displaced groups in rural areas of Huehuetenango District in Guatemala
José Alfonso Balbuena Cruz is a transport engineer with a Masters in transport system and cargo management and at present is an associate researcher with the Mexican Institute of Transport focusing on rural transport and community development. He has carried out several studies related to this topic especially in the state of Querétaro, Mexico. Studies on rural transport, for example are "the potential of a public transport service for rural areas", and an analysis of rural transport patterns among rural communities". In addition he has presented papers on rural transport at national and international events. Since 2002 Alfonso has been a member of the Executive Committee of the IFRTD in Latin America and in this capacity his institution the IMT has hosted the fifth Regional Meeting and the Latin American Regional Workshop for Mobility and Health.
As a team leader Alfonso is working on a study titled: Women's mobility in accessing health services in rural areas. a Case Study of Pinal de Amoles, Querétaro, Mexico
Diogenes Ampan Wejin is a Awajun, an indigenous community living in the Amazon in Peru. He graduated in Industrial Relations at the University St Martin of Porres, Peru. He has a diploma in the Design and Evaluation of Social Projects at the Catholic University of Peru and a Masters in the Study of the Amazon at the National University of San Marcos. He continued his education with a course on Nature and Wildlife Conservation Management at the University of Colorado in the United States. Since 2002 he has been employed as the indigenous community liaison with the National Institute of Natural Resources under the Department of Agriculture. This institute enjoys funding from the World Bank’s Global Environment Facility for a project promoting participation of indigenous communities in natural resource management of protected areas in the Amazon.
Eduardo Neira has been trained as an urban and regional planner, with a postgraduate degree in planning and non-profit management. From 1993 to 2002 he was employed by the Intermediate Technology Development Group (now called Practical Action) as a programme manager in rural transport. In 2002 Eduardo participated in IFRTD’s networked research on Rural Waterways and Livelihoods, carrying out a study on rural water transport in the Amazon. At present, he is employed with the Office of the Ombudsman of the People of Peru at the Office of International Cooperation.
Diogenes and Eduardo are working on a study titled "The role of water transport in accessing conventional and traditional health service in the rural Amazon in Peru."
Carolina Tarqui Mamani graduated as a midwife and pursued further studies in epidemiology. Currently she is specialising in applied research statistics. She is currently employed as a researcher and statistician with the National Institute of Health focusing on the prevention, cause and effects of malnutrition and bad diets. She develops protocols, sampling design and writes final reports. She is also a visiting research fellow with the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the largest National University of San Marcos. In addition she is a guest lecturer for post-graduate students at the private University of Huanuco and the University of San Marcos. She has carried out numerous researches in reproductive health, home births and the health status of indigenous communities in Peru.
Juan Contreras Sepúlveda, a Chilean national, graduated in Sociology with specialization in microfinance. Juan as worked as a university professor in Chile, Peru and Ecuador and as a consultant in Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras. He has worked with a diverse range of organisations including OIT, O.A.S., the PNUD, international OPS, NGOs and missions working on international anti-poverty programmes. His field of experience and skills encompasses support to microenterprises, maintenance of rural roads, working with people with disabilities, capacity building, implementing best practice systems and developing methodologies and tools of management and decision making.
Juan and Carolina are working on a comparative and gender analysis of the Rural Roads Programme in Peru, with a particular focus on its health impacts on the surrounding moutainous communities.