Elisabeth Nelson

Avoidable Deaths Network

Intern: Ms. Elisabeth Nelson

A recent graduate with a MSc in the Control of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a BSc in Biology of Global Health from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., USA. During her undergraduate studies, she interned at a refugee resettlement agency in the D.C. area and in Vector Ecology and Management for the control of Neglected Tropical Diseases at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She also gained international health and development experience in the Philippines and Sénégal. Her research interest in global health equity, vector-borne diseases post-humanitarian crises and sustainable public health initiatives began when she contracted dengue fever at age 16 in India, after spending a month performing community service in a rural village in Rajasthan. The experience opened her eyes to the debilitating effects infectious disease can have on one’s life and the cyclical nature they have with poverty.