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Seeing the World as a Network – Alimou Barry

by on July 14, 2015

Alimou at  CESAGIn May, a number of MEASURE Evaluation staff attended a meeting in Accra, Ghana, on the West African health information strengthening (HIS) needs revealed by the Ebola epidemic. One of the rock stars at that meeting was our own Alimou Barry, who is with JSI and MEASURE Evaluation. Alimou has conducted several HIS assessments and recently evaluated the impact of resources being diverted to Ebola activities on non-Ebola health outcomes in Guinea. Alimou is Guinean, he is the project country technical focal person for Cote d’Ivoire and the activity lead for the CESAG regional training center in Senegal, and he is supervising work in Mali. With his activity throughout West Africa, Alimou seemed to know everyone in the room at the Accra meeting.

Before coming to MEASURE Evaluation, Alimou went to school on three continents (Africa, Europe, and North America); he was a professor of pharmaceutical chemistry in Daka; a deputy coordinator of an STD and HIV prevention project in Guinea; a public health specialist at the USAID Mission in Guinea; and a CDC Senior Technical Advisor for HIV in Mali.

Alimou is also a movie star. He played roles in two documentary films: one at age 10 (“Mory le Crab”), and another on prevention of cancers and STDs among women (in 1995). Around the time of the cancer documentary, Alimou also founded an NGO on the same topic. Alimou also used to be a soccer player and he loves politics. Remember how I said he seemed to know everyone? Well, he knows several Guinean politicians well enough to advise them on ideas for a better Guinea.

Jim

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