As Assistant Director of Country Programs Support for ITI, Birgit Bolton provides program support and technical assistance to English speaking countries implementing the SAFE strategy. She also assists with the preparation of annual forecasts and drug applications, as well as the development of national Trachoma Action Plans that aim to eliminate trachoma as a source of blindness.
Birgit was a contract project coordinator with U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health from 2007–2012, where she was the principal investigator for health studies assessing risk factors for environmental contaminants in selected populations. Prior to CDC, Birgit worked for eight years for the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization. As the programs coordinator, she initiated, organized, and coordinated a variety of public health, conservation, and sustainability programs to help improve water quality and quantity for metro Atlanta. Her public health background includes a 2010 Global Field Experience with CARE Rwanda as a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) evaluator where she conducted an assessment of a microfinance, gender equality, and behavior change strategy for a community-based WASH program for marginalized populations. She also studied neglected tropical diseases as a graduate assistant with the Carter Center’s international health programs in 2011. Birgit has a Master of Public Health in Prevention Sciences from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.