For Women's history month, The Task Force of Global Health celebrated Dr. Alison Krentel for advancing health breakthroughs and breaking gender biases in science.
Dr. Krentel currently works with colleagues on the FGS Accelerating to Scale Together Project (FAST Package) that addresses the issue of Female Genital Schistosomiasis at the individual, community and health system levels supporting a woman’s health from birth throughout her life.
“I am a social scientist, and social science is a field that has traditionally tended to have more women than
men,” said Dr. Krentel. “Historically within NTD work, I think it is fair to say that social science research has not consistently been applied as an integral and equal part alongside the parasitological, epidemiological, and clinical work that contributes to NTD elimination. Over time, there has been a paradigm shift that has helped raise the importance of the contribution of social science research to NTD elimination goals. With that, there has also been an increased focus on the inclusion of gender-related operational and implementation research.”