Ashleigh Howard is a global health epidemiologist with expertise in violence and HIV. She began her work with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Zimbabwe country office in 2011 focusing on issues of violence and gender.
Throughout her career, Ashleigh has worked closely with the Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys (VACS), nationally representative household surveys of males and females designed to measure the prevalence, past 12-month incidence, and circumstances surrounding sexual, physical and emotional violence in childhood, adolescence and young adulthood.
“I strongly believe that the issue of violence against children and women is one of the most damaging and under-resourced health problems facing the world today,” said Ashleigh. “We are working to break the cycle of violence by collecting data that can help countries implement prevention strategies for their most vulnerable children and improve response services for survivors.”
Read on for Ashleigh’s list of the “Top 10 Things You Should Know about the Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys.”