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Solomon Ayehu MIDP ’24, Dayne Hamrick present at North Carolina Global Health Alliance Conference

MIDP candidate Solomon Ayehu and Director of MIDP Admissions Danny “Dayne” Hamrick participated in the conference focused on resilience in the global health ecosystem.

Solomon Ayehu, a Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) fellow, and Danny “Dayne” Hamrick, director of admissions for the MIDP program, contributed to the exploration of resiliency in the global health ecosystem during the 2023 North Carolina Global Health Alliance Conference, held in Raleigh, North Carolina.

They joined speakers from academia, biopharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations, government, medicine, NGOs and philanthropy.

Hamrick moderated the “Overcoming Structural Inequalities in the Global Health Workforce” session, which explored the challenges and opportunities to building a resilient health workforce across the globe. The session brought together experts from the Duke Global Health Institute, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and IntraHealth International.

During the “Public Health & the People: The Engagement of Users in Systems and Solutions” session, Ayehu presented his research examining access to oral pre-exposure prophylaxis among black Africans in the UK and African countries.

"Global Health is gaining momentum worldwide, and North Carolina is well represented in the arena through the North Carolina Global Health Alliance,” Ayehu said. “Attending this year's 10th annual North Carolina Global Health conference and presenting my research as a master of international development policy fellow at Duke Sanford School of Public Policy is critical in my effort to weave together global health and international development policy."

Ayehu holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Doctor of Medicine from Mekelle University in Ethiopia and a postgraduate degree in Master of Science in Global Health Policy from the University of Edinburgh. His professional experience includes serving as a general practitioner and frontline physician at Eka Kotebe General Hospital and the COVID-19 treatment center in Ethiopia and as a general practitioner in regional and federal hospitals in Ethiopia.

Prior to working with the Duke MIDP, Hamrick was a research analyst at the Duke Global Value Chain Center where he conducted global value chain (GVC) analysis for a variety of clients, including the U.S. Department of Defense, World Bank, Organization of American States and USAID. He earned a PhD in sociology and a master's degree in international studies, both from North Carolina State University.

The Duke Center for International Development (DCID) supported the conference as a bronze-level sponsor and hosted an exhibit table to highlight the mid-career MIDP program, which offers a global health and development focus, as well as its executive education programs and global health-related research.

A unit within the Sanford School of Public Policy, DCID promotes sustainable development through its research, education and engagement with students, policy makers, practitioners, development partners, civil society and the private sector.