Angharad (Ani) Steele
My interest in NTDs, and global health more broadly, began during my undergraduate degree in Infectious Diseases at the University of Edinburgh. I have since gone on to hone this interest during my Masters in Public Health at the Imperial College London. My final dissertation project used the case of the Geshiyaro Project to explore external and domestic actors perspectives of country ownership for schistosomiasis and STH programmes in Ethiopia. This piece of work highlights the need for collaborative partnerships in the NTD sector that are able to acknowledge historic power imbalances and work towards a more sustainable approach to NTD control and elimination. Additionally, it emphasises the importance of country context when applying WHO goals, such as increased country ownership of NTD programmes.