Nazia Shams is a qualified anthropologist with research experience in health, education and rural development. Her research related experience/expertise encompasses literature review, research protocols development including pilot testing, qualitative data collection and processing, and report writing. In health she has been a key member of the team responsible for: a) designing, preparing and monitoring intervention for promoting ITNs in rural communities (GFATM R-3) and advocacy, communication and social mobilization for TB control (GFATM R-6), b) multi-method studies on treatment supporters, fixed dose combination drugs, enhanced program monitoring, external quality assurance of microscopy, and delivery of sexually transmitted diseases through PHC outlets. She has also been the key researcher in the ongoing qualitative research on TB related stigma, and a randomized controlled trial on tobacco cessation interventions.
Her educational sector experience includes monitoring and evaluation of schools performance related to quality of training and education being offered at primary, secondary and higher level schools. In rural development, she has experience and expertise in issues related to gender and social sector dynamics.