Episode 16: Challenging assumptions in global health research

We don’t just dive into a country with predetermined solutions. We sit and talk to people about what the issues are.

Gael O’Sullivan joins the podcast to discuss the challenges that come with confronting assumptions related to global health issues and the benefits of adopting a mixed-method research approach for behavior change.

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About Gael O’Sullivan

Gael O’Sullivan, MBA, has over 25 years of experience applying health communication and social and commercial marketing skills to projects addressing pandemic threats in addition to projects focused on family planning, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, tobacco control and prevention, chronic disease prevention, and child health in the United States and worldwide. As Abt Associates’ Senior Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Technical Advisor, she leads the SBC technical segment for Abt’s International Health Division. Ms. O’Sullivan has led large, multi-year USAID health communication projects and research activities with decentralized teams across three continents, including Africa. To boost local SBC capacity, Ms. O’Sullivan led a team of Abt staff to create a two-day introductory workshop on SBC; subsequently the team adapted the course into an innovative eLearning product. Ms. O’Sullivan is

Ms. O’Sullivan is lead technical advisor to Abt’s $30 million USAID-funded cooperative agreement to increase demand for family planning and reproductive health services in Jordan. She also led the development of national communication strategies to prevent and mitigate HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe, Benin and Bhutan, and contributed to national communication strategies on safe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation in Pakistan, and malaria in Zimbabwe.  Ms. O’Sullivan has worked extensively in Albania, Armenia, Bangladesh, Barbados, Bhutan, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guinea, India, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Vietnam. She has an MBA from George Washington University, a B.S. degree in French from Georgetown University, and has lived in Togo and Switzerland.

 

 

 

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