Shatreen Masshoor

Shatreen Masshoor (SM ’12) is from Seattle, WA, and majored in African Studies with a focus in medical anthropology. She is interested in looking into sexual violence during times of conflict, especially in Eastern Congo and Afghanistan. Shatreen speaks French, Dari, and is currently learning Swahili. Some of her activities include: President of the Yale Afghanistan Forum, student intern with the Global Health Initiative, and Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor with the Milford Rape Crisis Center. Shatreen also volunteers at Connecticut Hospice and IRIS. Prior to now, she worked for over a year as a Certified Nurse Aide in a skilled nursing facility and trained as an Olympic-level amateur boxer for two years, in addition to having a black belt in tae kwon do. In the future, Shatreen plans on pursuing her interest in medical anthropology further, as well as working as an ob-gyn in her regions of interest. Shatreen loves hiking, canoeing, and trying new Ethiopian restaurants. 

  • Global Health Leadership Institute Fellow with Liberian Ministry of Health and Montserrado and Margibi County Health Teams



    I spent my summer as a Yale Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI) Fellow in Monrovia, Liberia. I worked with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) as well as the Montserrado and Margibi County Health Teams on a project in maternal health. During my time in Liberia, I spent the majority in Monrovia, where I worked with the Montserrado County Health Team. During my first week, I traveled to Bong County, where I visited Africare’s pilot maternity waiting homes program in the rural areas of Yila and Zebay. I worked with a reproductive health specialist from the MOHSW in evaluating the program. We spoke with the Africare program coordinators, clinic staff, and pregnant women staying in the maternity waiting homes. When I traveled back to Monrovia, I prepared a program evaluation of the Africare project. I presented my evaluation to the Montserrado County Health Team and Merlin, their NGO partner. Because of this work, the county health team began to develop a baseline questionnaire for monitoring and evaluation of maternity waiting homes.

    Additionally, I traveled with the Montserrado County Health Team to different areas of Montserrado where the project would take place, including St. Paul, Careysburg, and Todee districts. We met with town chiefs and traditional midwives to discuss the program, and its importance. My time in Monrovia allowed me to cement my interest both in reproductive health, and conflict-afflicted and post-conflict areas. I plan to return to Liberia to help with this project next summer. More broadly, I plan to travel to epicenters of conflict to look into issues of sexual health.

African Studies