Ms. Angelia Sanders, an MPH graduate of the University of South Florida College of Public Health and current DrPH student, said she wants her life legacy to be about helping others.
From her early beginnings with the U.S. Peace Corps working among rural communities in Kenya to address human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), to her current focus on neglected tropical diseases with The Carter Center — a non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) based at Emory University that aims to advance peace and health globally — Ms. Sanders has close to 20 years of experience working on public health issues.
Currently as associate director for trachoma at The Carter Center, she assists the center by writing grant proposals and reports, monitoring spending and program activities and providing technical assistance to ministries of health and field staff.
It’s that passion, coupled with her extensive background on program delivery in resource-poor communities, that earned her the new title of vice chair of the International Coalition for Trachoma Control (ICTC) — a coalition of 50 NGOs, universities and donors working together to eliminate trachoma as a public health problem.
Trachoma is a bacterial eye infection found in communities lacking clean water and adequate sanitation.
According to The Carter Center, it’s spread through eye seeking flies and through contact with hands or clothes that have been exposed to the bacteria. Infection may also lead to blindness if left untreated.
“The [ICTC] has been a leader in harnessing the power of the collective, organizations and people with different passions and experiences and driving the elimination agenda,” Ms. Sanders said.
Ms. Sanders will serve as vice chair for two years, followed by two years as chair and another two years as immediate past chair.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on August 30