• About our Group

    Our Values

    • Outcome focused
    • Collaborative
    • Reliable
    • Scientific excellence and rigor
    • Culturally sensitive 
    • Professional
    • Sustainable

    Our Vision

    A world with true health equity.

    Our Mission

    Our mission at PHSG is to improve health systems and the information they produce to equip decision makers with the necessary information to reduce morbidity and mortality in the African and Asian Continents.

  • Our Team

    William MacWright

    William "Bill" MacWright

    Managing Director

    As a public health surveillance and health systems expert, Bill has worked on various aspects and types of surveillance and health systems in 20+ countries in the African, Asian, and Middle Eastern regions. With vast experience in public health surveillance and expertise across various health systems, he has consulted for leading public health organizations and governments in conducting surveillance assessments, guiding multi-regional research initiatives, and developing strategy and implementation plans to enhance the quality of data and information for decision makers.

     

    He has had great success working on the community, district, national, and international domains of health systems. His understanding of how diseases are detected, reported, assessed, and responded to on each level, coupled with his political know-how and experience working with ministries in 20+ countries, has equipped him with the necessary skillsets to advise on surveillance systems and information building across countries and regions. Bill received his MPH from Emory University and his B.A. from Rutgers University.

    Patrick Gallagher

    Patrick Gallagher

    Epidemiology and Health Systems Consultant

    Patrick is a public health professional who is passionate about employing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for organizational learning and stakeholder accountability. He has ten years of experience in M&E, disease surveillance, research, and capacity building in African communities. Patrick is fluent in the complete M&E cycle, including project and study design, data systems design, quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and data collection, management, analysis, and visualization. He is deeply familiar with statistical analysis, mobile data collection, geospatial analysis, and data management tools including DHIS2.

     

    Working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Carter Center, Abt Associates, Peace Corps, Catholic Relief Services, Mercy Corps, and the International Rescue Committee, he has gained five years of experience living in African nations. Patrick earned a M.P.H. from Emory University and his B.A. from Notre Dame University.

    Alina Shaw

    Senjuti Saha

    Microbiology and Health Systems Consultant

    Senjuti is a Bangladeshi-Canadian Microbiologist with her expertise laying at the intersection of clinical microbiology and global health. Senjuti’s portfolio of work is primarily focused on paediatric vaccine-preventable bacterial infectious diseases. She has significant experience in conducting laboratory-based bacteremia surveillance studies to monitor disease trends and generate information to guide public health policies.

     

    In addition to her portfolio of work at PHSG, she also works as a Scientist at the Child Health Research Foundation in Bangladesh and is a visiting scholar at Stanford University, USA. Senjuti holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from the University of Toronto, Canada.

    Affan Shaikh

    Affan Shaikh

    Epidemiology and Health Systems Consultant

    Affan is a public health professional with interests in disease prevention and health systems strengthening. With over seven years of professional experience, Affan’s work engages multilateral stakeholders including inter- and intra- governmental organizations, academic intuitions, NGOs, and communities in building local public health capacities, improving health outcomes, and increasing access. He has worked on the ground across 14 different countries, and during the peak of the MERS-CoV outbreak in Saudi Arabia and following the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. Through his work, Affan is driven to strengthen health systems using evidence-based research. He has had numerous teaching engagements with Emory University, the University of Michigan, and Columbia University, where he has taught courses on public health surveillance, oral communication, and scientific writing.

     

    He has successfully consulted with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, numerous Ministries of Health throughout Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, and the World Health Organization. In addition to consulting, he serves as a Visiting Scientist for the National Academy of Sciences and as an International Board Member to the Saudi Arabia Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.Affan holds an MPH in International Health from Boston University and a BA in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles.

    Alina Shaw

    Alina Shaw

    Epidemiology and Health Systems Consultant

    Alina is a public health expert committed to providing comprehensive epidemiological information that enables organizations to make data-driven decisions to protect people’s health. She achieves measurable results by implementing all stages of monitoring and evaluation from pre to post project. Alina fuses technical surveillance skills with boots on the ground experience in 10+ countries to identify and address gaps in infectious disease detection and reporting. With over six years of experience building capacity in disease surveillance at multi-jurisdictional levels in international border regions, Alina’s strength is in forging diplomatic relationships and effective communication across public health sectors.

     

    Her successes include consulting with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mexico’s General Directorate of Epidemiology, Peru’s Ministry of Health, The Carter Center, the World Health Organization, and CARE, with three years living and working across Latin America. Alina holds an M.P.H. from Emory University, and a B.A. from Scripps College.