Ms. Isuiwah Mabatah
Specialization: Public Health
Home institution in US: Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Host Institution in India: Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Maharashtra  
Start date/Month in India: August 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
A native of Houston, Texas, Ms. Isiuwa Jacqueline Mabatah graduated from Boston College, Massachusetts with a B.A. magna cum laude in history. During her senior year, she wrote her thesis on the political management of HIV/AIDS in South Africa, which earned her Scholar of the College recognition. She has served as a co-president of the AIDS Awareness Committee of Boston College, a ONE Campaign campus leader, an intern at the Treatment Action Campaign in South Africa, and in the Office of National AIDS Policy at the White House in Washington, D.C. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, traveling and reading.

Ms. Mabatah’s Fulbright research project, “Gates Foundation’s Initiatives and Peer Educators in India,” will examine how the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Avahan-India AIDS Initiative fosters community-based responses and uses peer educators in order to effectively curb infection rates in Mumbai’s most at-risk populations, and whether certain strategies can be adapted and implemented in other countries experiencing similar epidemics.