International Women's Day - Recognizing JSI Women in Public Health

At JSI, ensuring gender equity through public health is at the core of our work. For the past four decades, we have partnered with governments, community and faith-based organizations, the private sector, and global partners in more than 80 countries to build and maintain strong health systems that are capable of delivering life-saving services and commodities to all. We firmly acknowledge that women must be empowered with knowledge and access to care, so they can maximize their health, safety, and quality of life throughout the life course.

In honor of International Women’s Day, we recognize some of the many women who are integral to the work JSI carries out every day and are continuously making an impact in public health all over the world.

Aisha Moore

With nearly 20 years of experience in public health, Aisha has worked at the local, state, and national levels, her work ranges from working on national campaigns to grassroots organizing in the community where she lives. In the past year, the majority of her work has centered on building the capacity of organizations to address infant mortality.

Carmit Keddem

Carmit Keddem has worked for JSI since 20015 and currently is the Deputy Director of the JSI Center for Health Logistics. Camit’s role is instrumental in ensuring JSI’s programs carry out their intended impact. Read what Carmit has to say about data for decision making in the field of public health.


Folake Olayinka
Folake has worked for JSI since 2002 and is currently the Immunization Team Leader of the Maternal Child Survival Program. After 10 years of service to the field of public health, Folake was given the United States Mission’s Eagle award for her contributions to maternal and child health, malaria, and reproductive health in Nigeria. In 2016, she was selected as one of 21 global New Voices Fellows by the Aspen Institute.

Read what Folake has to say on improving Nigeria’s low immunization rates.

Folami Harris
Folami has 30 years of experience directing health and development programs, with 15 years working in Africa. During her career, she has worked on family planning, environmental health, and HIV focused programs in South Africa, Nigeria, Eswatini, Lesotho, and Guyana. She most recently served as Project Director for JSI/DREAMS Innovation Challenge. 

Listen to what Folami has to say about the importance of focusing programming on adolescent girls.

Kumkum Ali
Kumkum is the Associate Director of JSI’s Research & Training. She also is the Director of JSI/World Education’s Capacity Building Center, a virtual center responsible for consolidating the organizations’ experience in capacity building. 

Read what Kumkum has to say on public health in Palestine and the role of international NGOs in responding to the Ebola crisis.


Lora Shimp
Lora has worked for JSI for 18 years and currently acts as a Senior Immunization Technical Officer and Technical Lead having worked in countless countries including Madagascar, India, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and Kenya.

Listen to Lora discussing the barriers to childhood immunizations on the CSIS podcast, Take as Directed.


Marcy Levy
Marcy Levy is currently the Co-Director of the Center for HIV & Infectious Diseases. With JSI, Marcy has supported the development of global technical guidance for clinicians on how to manage adolescent cakes of sexual violence and companion guidance which provided a basic framework, and tools on setting up critical social/community linkages.

Read what Marcy has to say about reducing the vulnerabilities of adolescents

Merce Gasgo
Merce has worked with JSI since 2000 and is a Senior Technical Advisor on Maternal Newborn and Child Health and Family Planning/Reproductive Health. Merce has since provided technical assistance in strengthening maternal health care systems in countless countries including Romania, Russia, Bolivia, Lesotho, and Ethiopia.

Read what Merce has to say about maternal health.

Mira Levinson
Mira, Senior Consultant, has focused on access to health care for underserved populations since the late 1980s. In addition to extensive expertise in HIV/AIDS programming, Mira also has provided technical assistance for substance use treatment programs, with an emphasis on program evaluation and data-system development and implementation. 

Nabeela Ali
During her time in the field of public health, Nabeela has been a major advocate for women’s health in Pakistan, leading major programs that have governance issues and improve coverage, equity, and quality of services through building capacity of DOH at the individual, institutional and systems level. Listen to Nabeela discuss the importance of strengthening health systems.