IMPACT: Ifakara researcher pronounced new ambassador of UK royal society
Health Systems researcher, Donat Shamba, has been announced as the new ambassador of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) in Tanzania. According to information shared on the RSTMH newsletter and website in April 16, 2021, Shamba becomes the 17th ambassador of the Society.
Shamba joins the other 16 ambassadors of the Society. They include: Dr. John Aaskov from Australia; Dr. Aybeniz Dadashova (Azerbaijan); Dr. Salim Mahmud Chowdhury (Bangladesh); Ivan Nkaiwa (Botswana); Dr. Mateus Kambale Sahani (Democratic Republic of the Congo); Dr. Kebede Deribe (Ethiopia); and Dr. Yaw Asare Afrane (Ghana).
Others are: Dr. Shirshendu Mukherjee and Dr. George Varghese (India); Dr. Mark Nanyingi (Kenya); Dr. Mian Muhammad Awais (Pakistan); Benjamin Bande (Papua New Guinea); Dr. Rania Baleela (Sudan); Prof. Gretchen Birbeck (Zambia); and Dr. Francis Ohanyido and Prof. Olufemi Adewole (Nigeria).
About the RSTMH and Country Ambassadors
RSTMH Country Ambassadors are experts in their fields who help connect the Society with its members, supporters and networks outside the UK. The role is a voluntary position, which was created as a result of our new strategy, which launched late 2017. The role aims to ensure the RSTMH is better connected with its members, supporters and networks outside of the UK.
The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene is a charity and membership society that has been dedicated to improving tropical medicine and global health since 1907. The Society’s ambition is to save lives and improve health around the world through increased access to and greater equity in global healthcare.
Through its activities, the Society helps further members’ careers and harness their collective knowledge and expertise to achieve change within the sector. Members of the Society, based in over 90 countries, are at all stages of their careers, working across a multitude of disciplines and from a range of sectors.
The Society, located in London, is governed by a Board of Trustees. It received a "Royal" designation from King George V in 1920, and the royal connection has been maintained ever since; Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the Society’s Patron.