Colombian researcher Dedsy Yajaira Berbesi Fernández was chosen as one of the five most influential women in scientific research, and the only one in Latin America, by the Research Technical Assistance Center (RTAC) of the Spanish Agency for Research. the United States for International Development (USAID).
The Research Technical Assistance Center is an entity that supports USAID's independent missions, offices, and agencies to make evidence-based decisions. It does this through the scientific expertise of academic researchers to provide timely technical assistance.
The Colombian currently serves as dean of the Faculty of Nursing at the CES University in Medellín, Colombia. She was chosen among 350 academic researchers from around the world who make up the RATC network for her achievements, knowledge and unique experiences that make her an expert in her research fields, according to the Center.
“Her research on HIV helps generate a better understanding and monitoring of gender differences in vulnerable populations in Colombia. The findings of Dr. Fernández's research inform future research, addressing the complex way in which socioeconomic, cultural, and political variables impact gender differences in the public health response to HIV.”, Highlights the Center in its online publication:RTAC celebrates International Women's Day.
The publication also highlights the academic career of Dr. Berbesi Fernández as a researcher specialized in the epidemiology of drug use, social networks and HIV / HCV prevention.
“Much of Dr. Fernández's research has focused on marginalized communities in Colombia, that is, injecting drug users, LGBTQ people, the homeless and incarcerated, among others. Their work is challenging, especially when it comes to gaining the trust of these marginalized groups.", Add.
Finally, the article recognizes that the Colombian academic has faced challenges and challenges in the field of research, since it has found that there are those who see that their nursing profession is not associated with research areas and only see it as a role of support for.
“I'm very grateful. It is a recognition of the work that has been done so far on research issues, although there is still a lot of work to be done and I believe that we are on the right track and the challenge is to continue doing research. Although it is a recognition of the work that has been done, but that implies that we must continue to advance in new research, work, that we achieve that recognition of equality of women and the investigative work that we do”Said the Dean of Nursing at CES University.
Along with the Colombian professional, Meseret F. Hailu, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University (ASU); Rowenn Beth Kalman, Ph.D., assistant professor of anthropology and environmental policy expert at Michigan State University; Laura Miller-Graff, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame; and Nurbaya, M. Sc., professor of nutrition at the Mamuju Polytechnic School of Health in Indonesia.