- Research Fellow
I have joined as Intervention Developer in H-TEAM. My full name is Muhammad Sharjeel, but you can call me Sharjeel. In my role at AIGHD, I will be conducting a study employing human-centred design methods with an aim to decrease late presentation of HIV in key population groups in Amsterdam. I will dedicate most of my time designing an intervention with a goal of increasing uptake of timely and regular testing for HIV in key population groups. I am trained in human/user-centered design methodology which supports me in meaningful engagement with the communities in a participatory manner. By background, I am a medical doctor (trained in primary health care, sexual health and specialization in mental health). I also hold a Double Master’s degree in Public Health with specialization in Governance and Leadership in European Public Health obtained jointly from the University of Sheffield and the University of Maastricht. Over the last ten years, I found myself lucky to have numerous opportunities for participation in global health projects in Africa and Asia overcoming health inequalities particularly those affect sexual health of women, girls and adolescents. I have worked on developing and implementing policy actions with the governments, civil societies, policymakers and health care providers on neglected issues such as access to contraception, safe abortion care, STIs/HIV prevention, and adolescent sexual health. In my last assignment, I managed a consortium of partners with Pathfinder International (https://www.pathfinder.org/projects/beyond-bias/) to increase youth access to contraceptive services in three diverse contexts: Burkina Faso, Tanzania, and Pakistan. Results of the evaluation study will be published by November 2021.