Maya is a public health expert, with experience working in global program monitoring and evaluation. She has spent her career working within communities in sub-Saharan Africa, Canada, and the United States, to enhance equitable and appropriate access to quality services, with a particular emphasis on sexual and reproductive health rights.
Maya has worked with not-for-profit, private sector, and government organizations to deliver results-based health programming for high-needs populations, with particular expertise in knowledge translation, sustainable development, and innovative health technology. She has a Masters in Public Health from the University of Cape Town.
What makes a great work environment, more than anything, is a group of dedicated and passionate individuals, who respect each other’s skills, and are working towards a common goal. From my first day with impakt, I could tell it was going to be a wonderful place to work because of the team’s supportive nature, and shared commitment towards creating social change!
My passion and interest in global health, equity, and de-colonizing health doesn’t end with my work! I write and produce a podcast called In Sickness, where a colleague and I examine famous diseases through history to the modern context, with inevitable discussion of health inequities and the historical influences at play in modern problems. Perhaps more surprising is my ability to do sound editing.
Personally, I believe health equity is one of the most important social movements in the world today. Its complexities cover so many vital areas of life- accessible services, health information, unbiased treatment, reproductive health, equal health research, food security, reduction of inequities between the global north and south, life expectancy, preventive health knowledge and care, and the list goes on. Health equity provides a foundation for a longer, healthier life, with more access to other services beyond that of education.