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Global BIAS FREE Framework Network

Members of the Network work in a vast array of fields, and include researchers and policy makers; university professors and students; scientists and engineers; doctors, surgeons, nurses and other health care workers; elected politicians, lawyers, sociologists, social workers and psychologists; executive directors, CEOs, directors, managers, specialists, advisors, consultants, activists, self-advocates and field and front-line workers in international, bilateral and not-for-profit nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and disabled peoples organizations (DPOs); community members; and members of the media.

Network members work in health policy, health management, health promotion and disease prevention, public health, health care, community medicine, medical counselling, psychiatry, HIV-AIDS, medical rehabilitation, nutrition, social work, community studies, development & empowerment, micro credit & micro finance, strategic planning, the media, in research, education & training in sociology, political studies, law, and in gender, equity, aboriginal and critical disability studies, social services, psychology, development studies, biology, medicine, health sciences, nursing, neurology, engineering, statistics, ethics & bioethics, medical, health, S&T and community-based research, and in the areas of human rights, for women, including issues related to gender violence and reproductive rights, aboriginal rights, rights of the gay-lesbian-intersex-and transgendered community, disability rights, ageing and child rights.

Network Members

Adam Breasley is a human rights activist and graduate student at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney. He has undertaken human rights training in Italy and Indonesia and with the Council of Europe North South Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity. He has worked for the Dalai Lama and has helped with a Tibetan Mentoring Program at a community college in Sydney. He is a Member of the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance 2009-2010 International Outreach/Solidarity Committee.

Alejandra López GómezAlejandra López Gómez is a psychologist (University of the Republic, Uruguay). Magister on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. She is professor of the School of Psychology and coordinator of the Chair on Reproductive Health, Sexuality and Gender Issues. Researcher of the National Researchers System of Uruguay (National Agency on Research and Innovation, ANII). Executive Director of MYSU (Women and Health in Uruguay) an independent national NGO, created on 1996. Since 2004, she has been a member of the Foundation Council of the Global Forum for Health Research. She has several publications on gender and health issues at national and international levels.

Allison HewlittAllison Hewlitt has over 10 years of experience in supporting a range of organisations including NGOs, research institutions, donor agencies, multilateral, governments and networks and has worked in more than 30 countries worldwide.Working with partners and clients, she designs, facilitates and learns from creative and effective approaches to strategic planning, communications, documentation, curriculum delivery and team and network strengthening. Common across the approaches are the promotion of social equality and the application of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Amadou CamaraAmadou Camara, is a Professor at the Faculté des Sciences de l’Education, Université Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar (Senegal). He holds a PhD from Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), in Belgium. His research work focuses on population and sustainable development matters as well as on education and training, including curriculum design and management. Professor Camara is Director of Studies and responsible for the Doctoral Training (PhD) at the Institute for Population, Development and Reproductive Health (IPDSR) at the University Cheikh Anta Diop. He has attended several international professional meetings on education, training, population and development matters to which he has devoted several research books and papers.

Asma BazziAsma Bazzi is a PHD student at the American University of Beirut Medical Center in Lebanon. She has a BS degree in Medical Laboratory Technology, an MS degree in Public Health concentration, an MS degree in Environmental Sciences: Environmental Policy Planning and currently a PhD Student in International Health- Practitioner Option. She has over 13 years of work experience in laboratory management with comprehensive knowledge in financial management, human resources management, laboratory safety management, total quality management, continuous quality improvement and accreditation requirements as related to Clinical/Pathology laboratory divisions and environmental analytical testing laboratories.

Betty KwagalaBetty Kwagala is a disability activist and Social Worker/Medical Counsellor working with The AIDS Support Organization (TASO). She has been instrumental in the formation of the Disability HIV/AIDS Action Network Uganda, (DHANU). She is interested in working on applications of the BIAS FREE Framework to the intersection of disability and HIV/AIDS.



Bosiljka DjikanovicBosiljka Djikanovic is a Medical Doctor, with MSc in Health Policy, Economics and Management (Maastricht University, The Netherlands) and MSc in Social Medicine (Belgrade University, Serbia). Her activities comprise teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as conducting research and data analysis in two fields: violence against women, and gender and socio-economic differences in patterns of smoking and quitting.



Constanza Almironan Constanza Almironan is an assistant professor at Tucuman National University where she teaches Social Economics and Statistics. Since 2003 she was involved in research relative to tobacco control in young people. She is working with Dra. Ethel Alderete as co-resercher of the program: "International Tobacco and Health Research and Capacity Building Program" in Jujuy Province, a pluricultural and multiethnic region of argentina. She worked on the measurement of the variables, validation and design of the measuring instruments, coordination of the fieldwork and now she is working on her doctoral thesis with this database. She was a fellow at the University of California (San Francisco) where she received a training in clinical research. She co-authored different scientific works presented in different national and international congresses of tobacco control.

Diana GustafsonDiana L. Gustafson is an Associate Professor of Social Science and Health in the Faculty of Medicine and affiliate faculty in the Department of Women’s Studies at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. Together these positions allow her to pursue her commitment to health-related equity and social justice issues in research, teaching and community life. She has had the privilege of collaborating on national and international research projects including the Lone Mothers Project and the Women’s Experience of their Reproductive Lives Project as well as local projects involving people who inject drugs, people living with disabilities and aboriginal communities in Labrador.

Donald JuzwishinDonald Juzwishin is principal of his consulting firm JCI and has been an active supporter of global health for the last three decades. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Society for International Health and serves as its Secretary Treasurer. A strong supporter in the use of science to advance population health through social determinants of health he has a strong respect for the contextual settings in which improvements are being sought. His current work with the World Health Organisation (WHO) is to develop a framework and process for facilitating the appropriate and effective transfer of health technology assessment knowledge in lower-income countries. The BIAS FREE model is one he uses as a moral compass to inform his work. For more information see www.ideasstoaction.ca

Ecaterina (Adina) VrasmasEcaterina (Adina) Vrasmas is a Professor at Bucharest University, Faculty of Psychology and Sciences of Education, and is a trainer, consultant and expert on preschool and special needs education. She is a Founding Member and President of RENINCO Romania, (National Network for Information and Cooperation in Integration of Special Needs Children and Young people). She is a passionate advocate for disabled children and their families. She is widely known and highly respected throughout Romania for her work with RENINCO as a trainer, coordinator and expert, and through her courses, publication, seminars, conferences, and large national research projects.

Federico MonteroFederico Montero is the Deputy Director of the National Rehabilitation Centre, Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, San Jose, Costa Rica and is the former Coordinator of the Disability and Rehabilitation (DAR) Team for the World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland. Besides his extensive experience in medicine and rehabilitation, Federico is an ardent disability rights activist. He is, among others, a Founder Member and Past President of the Costa Rican Association of Persons with Disabilities; a Founder Member of the Forum for Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Costa Rica; a Conductor and Producer of the weekly Radio Program: “Superando Barreras” for Radio Reloj, Costa Rica; Member of the Congress, Special Commission in charge of the writing of the Costa Rican anti-discrimination Law: “Ley de Igualdad de Oportunidades para las Personas con Discapacidad” (# 7600), Costa Rica 1996; Member of the Commission in charge of writing the Ruling for the 7600 Law; Representative for D.P.O. and Past Board President, National Council on Rehabilitation and Special Education. Costa Rica; Expert Advisor to UNICEF and PAHO; and Deputy Vice-President for Latin America of “Rehabilitation International”; Past President, Costa Rican Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Past President, Latin American Medical Association of Rehabilitation; Member of the International Medical Society of Paraplegia; and Past Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal “Spinal Cord”.

Gabriela RegueiraGabriela Regueira is a psychologist who has been working on tobacco control for the last 9 years. Her work focuses on tobacco advertising regulations, the promotion of smoke-free public places and empowerment of youth to stop the tobacco epidemic. She is currently working as an external consultant on the National Programme of Tobacco Control at National Health Ministry in Argentina.


Ghiday GhebreyohannesGhiday Ghebreyohannes is the dean of the School of Nursing at the Asmara College of Health Sciences in Eritrea. she is a women's Health specialist. she earned her MSc. from UNC (USA) post masters from SUNY (USA). She has worked as women's health care provider at different levels for more than 15 years, Worked for women's organization for 2 years as human resource development division head, which includes reproductive health and women's empowerment through micro credit and skills training projects. Now she is in the university heading the SON since 8 years. In her university she teaches community health, reproductive health and health education.

Godfrey SakalaGodfrey Sakala is a Principal Agricultural Research Officer at Zambia Agriculture Research Institute. He is a soil scientist and a member of Tobacco Free Association of Zambia (TOFAZA), a Non-Governmental organization that advocates for safer alternative livelihoods for people earning a living from the hazardous occupation of tobacco cultivation. He is also a member of the Zambia Tobacco Control Campaign, a consortium of researchers, policy makers and civil society organizations that was launched in 2008 currently working on an IRDC funded project to ensure adherence to existing smoke-free laws starting with Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia.

Hoang Tu AnhHoang Tu Anh is both founder and long-term member of the management board of Consultation of Investment in Health Promotion (CIHP) in Hanoi, Viet Nam (established in 1999). In late 2008, she founded the Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP), which has strong focus on promoting gender and sexuality research, training and program in health and population programs and policies. She is also Director of the Center. She works extensively in research, training and intervention programs to promote gender equity, diversity and sexual and reproductive health rights especially of marginalized and vulnerable people such as adolescent, women, people living with HIV and sexual minorities groups.

Jovan ZivkovicJovan Zivkovic is an MD epidemiologist working in the primary health center city of Samac. In the last 12 years of MD practice he worked as a general practitioner for 4 years, 3 years in national and regional Public Health Institute, and since 5 years he is head of the epidemiological service in a primary health care center. His field of work is surveillance, prevention of communicable diseases and health promotion in primary health care. He is also the president of Public Health Association of Republic of Srpska (PHARS).


Louise Plouffe, Ph.D, has become known as the manager of the World Health Organization Global Age-Friendly Cities Guide, which was developed in collaboration with partners in over 30 cities worldwide. While on secondment to WHO from the Public Health Agency of Canada for over two years, Dr Plouffe also spearheaded efforts to increase awareness of older persons in disaster situations in international health policy. Within the Public Health Agency of Canada, Dr Plouffe has dedicated her career to translating research on aging into policy development. For several years, she managed the policy research program of the National Advisory Council on Aging. Dr Plouffe was a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Institute of Aging.

Maria Teresa Valenzuela SchmidtMaria Teresa Valenzuela Schmidt is a journalist and Master student in Public Health at the Universidad de Chile. She researched and worked on tobacco issues since 2004. Her main motivation to work against tobacco consumption was the death of her father from lung cancer, caused by 40 years of smoking. She won an IDRC/FCTC grant in 2005 to research advertising expenditure and tobacco consumption in Chile between 1996 and 2003.



Minh Hoang VanMinh Hoang Van graduated from Hanoi medical university in 1994. He obtained a Master of Public Health from Umeå International School of Public Health in 2001 and PhD degree in Public Health from the same University in 2006. Currently Vice-head, Department of Health Economics & Coordinator, Center of Excellence in Research Hanoi Medical University. He has a special interest in teaching and doing research on topics related to tobacco use, prevention and control. He has published more than 10 research articles on epidemiology and economic aspects of tobacco use in international peer-reviewed journals.

Minh Nguyen DucMinh Nguyen Duc is a medical doctor and Vice Director of the Institute of Social and Medicine Studies, Vietnam. He has 13 years working experience in the field of Public Health in community NGOs and in national and United Nations programs as a Senior Program Officer/Researcher. His primary research interest is in nutrition.



Natasha HerreraNatasha Herrera is a Clinical Psychologist with post graduate studies on Applied behavioral analysis in behavioral sciences. She has worked on tobacco Control in the areas of research and policy development, and implementation and assessment since 1986, as technical coordinator of the National Program for Tobacco Control at the health ministry in Venezuela( 1986 to 1995), as PAHO Regional Consultant from 1995 to 2000, National Consultant from 2000 to the present, coordinator of the Research Smoking Cessation Clinic at Centro Medico Docente la Trinida 1986 to present and a visiting professor at the University Simon Bolivar 0n 1999.

Selestine NzalaSelestine Nzala a medical practitioner by background but did Public Health and Health Systems Management as a specialization. He lectures in health policy and management at postgraduate level (MPH) and does health systems research teaching. He is a member of the Zambia Tobacco Control Campaign, a consortium of researchers, policy makers and civil society organizations that was launched in 2008. The consortium’s main activities are currently concentrated on ensuring the enforcement of the existing smoke-free law in the capital city, Lusaka and facilitation of cessation of tobacco use in the same city.

Equinet Africa and the People’s Health Movement (PHM) are two organizational members of the Global Network.

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