Martha Conkling

Alum named CDC Strategic Information Chief in Lesotho, Africa



Crystal Perez next to her statue

Martha Conkling, PhD, has been named the Strategic Information Chief with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) office in Lesotho, Africa.

Previously, she spent 10+ years in Lusaka, Zambia first as a post-doctoral fellow with Emory University and then as the CDC contracted lead of a four-year study of a comprehensive community based HIV prevention strategy and change in HIV incidence in a rural district in Zambia. She later became the CDC Epidemiology and Surveillance Team Lead under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief(PEPFAR) supporting national surveys, providing technical assistance to PEPFAR implementing partners and expanding the CDC evaluation program.

Dr. Conkling served as a consultant with the Center for Global Development’s HIV/AIDS Monitor initiative and the Department of Economics at the University of Zambia. In this capacity she studied and disseminated comparative analyses of the three major sources of international funding for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care and their influence on the health workforce, family planning and reproductive health in Zambia:  PEPFAR; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and the World Bank’s Multi-Country AIDS Program for Africa.