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‘I have experienced the challenges of delivering health care in resource-poor countries first-hand.’ Dr KARINA KIELMANN SENIOR LECTURER, INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT I’m a Medical Anthropologist who has been working in international public health settings for nearly 15 years – most recently in India and South Africa. As an anthropologist working on strengthening health systems with government and non- governmental organizations, my aims are to analyse, document, and ensure that local health workers’ experiences and voices are heard and adequately taken account of in TB and HIV programming. I have experienced the challenges of delivering health care in resource-poor countries first-hand; my parents worked in international public health in diverse settings and I retain vivid impressions from these formative years. Additionally, excellent guidance received later from Professors Margaret Lock and Barbara McPake inspired me to pursue a critical yet humane path of public health research, grounded in the subjective experiences of health providers and communities. E R A T I N G O L B My work examines how health systems and health workers respond to the demands of global health initiatives in tuberculosis (TB) and HIV care. Often, clinical effectiveness of new diagnostic technologies or treatment regimens may not translate into their ‘workability’ in settings where health workers face severe shortages of resources, and a lack of training, supervision, and adequate incentives. WOMEN RESEARCHERS INSPIRING RESEARCH CAREER JOURNEYS