Real Medicine India is proud to introduce its newest staff member, Jaimie Shaff, as the team’s Program Manager for Health and Nutrition. Jaimie recently completed her Master of Public Administration for International Public and Non-Profit Management and Policy Analysis at New York University.
While Jaimie is new to the RMF team, she’s not new to our programs. For the past year Jaimie has been a part of the 4 person “Capstone” team, assigned to help RMF’s “Eradicate Malnutrition” program through NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service’s Capstone program. Jaimie and her colleagues spent two semesters helping RMF analyze the program, providing valuable inputs for program development, including helping us finalize baseline surveys and conducting an important pre-program gap analysis.
While visiting us in Jhabua in January, Jaimie and the Capstone team conducted surveys on the healthcare access and nutrition information in many of the villages that became part of our intervention. In addition to the actual report, Jaimie and her team’s information gathering process was extremely helpful for our team on the ground for targeting our intervention and connecting our Community Nutrition Educators with local health workers. Furthermore, Jaimie and her team’s identification of gaps in systems in Jhabua helped us gain a better understanding of some of the causes of malnutrition in Madhya Pradesh.
We are encouraged by the continuity of Jaimie’s commitment to RMF’s program, from consultant and student to full time employee. The entire RMF India team is excited to welcome Jaimie to the team. The addition of her experience, perspective, and enthusiasm will aid a program that is already affecting the lives of tens of thousands of children at a time when monsoon rains are bringing new diseases that particularly target the weakened immune systems of malnourished children. RMF India, and the other country teams, hope that we can use this experience as a model for strengthening partnerships and bringing in new, and equally talented, employees into our growing programs.