Manuela Balliet Ahogo is a Regional Research Advisor for Sub-Saharan Africa at TfG. She provides VACS country support, research project management and technical support to research partners in Sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, she coordinated TfG’s research fellowship programs and VACS secondary analyses project conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Manuela is a Public Health Researcher in the field of violence against children. She received her doctorate from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she was also a member of the Child Protection Research Group.
She also holds an MSc in Global Health and Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) and a BSc in Genetics from the University of Manchester (United Kingdom).
Title of a book that inspired you: Americanah by Chimamanda N’Gozi Adichie
A quote that inspires you: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Maya Angelou
The theme song of your life: Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Something that gives you hope: African Youth
One word to describe Together for Girls: Courage
A recent ECSA-HC resolution prioritizing evidence-based action to stop childhood violence is a milestone for the sector with far-reaching implications for the region.
Together for Girls is promoting meaningful partnerships amongst local agencies to catalyze full scale support for children.
For decades, advocates and researchers have stressed the need to collect more data on both violence against children and violence against women and have pushed to make sure data is disaggregated by sex, age and geography.