Nahla Gadallah

Nahla Gadalla, Ph.D.

SAMA Executive Director


Dr. Nahla Gadalla is the Executive Director for the Sudanese American Medical Association (SAMA). She leads the overall strategic and operational responsibility for SAMA’s programs, expansion, and execution of its mission.

Prior to her current role, Dr. Gadalla was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) working to understand the mechanisms of lumefantrine resistance, as well as investigating the epidemiology of P. falciparum drug resistance genes in Africa.

Nahla Gadalla holds a PhD in Molecular Biology of Infectious Diseases from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM, UK). She graduated from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Gezira followed by a MSc. in Medical Parasitology from LSHTM. Her primary research focused on understanding the mechanism of resistance in Plasmodium falciparum where she identified rare genotypes in drug resistance associated genes. She. In the United Kingdom, she was engaged in projects evaluating malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) for WHO. She has collaborated on clinical trials in Tanzania, Kenya, Cambodia and Thailand monitoring the spread of artemisinin resistance in South East Asia.

Dr. Gadalla has successfully received research grants and awards from WHO/TDR and the International Atomic Energy Agency for implementing malaria control strategies.   Dr. Gadalla has also worked with several non-profit organizations were she coordinated the Molecular Study Group for the World Wide Antimalarial Resistance Network (WWARN) and contributed to other study groups resulting in several publications. She has been a member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene since 2008.

Dr. Gadalla is passionate about humanitarian aid and working for SAMA fulfills her desire to help those in need especially in Sudan.

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Nutaila El Moghraby
Sudan Programs Coordinator
Khartoum, Sudan
           As a result of the exponential growth in its Sudan humanitarian activities, and to meet the growing demands,  SAMA has appointed Nutaila El Moghraby as its full-time Sudan Programs Coordinator.

In this administrative position, Ms. El Moghraby will coordinate SAMA Sudan programs planning, delivery, monitoring, and reporting; working with SAMA Sudan Office Director & SAMA Founder, Dr. Bushra Ibnauf & with SAMA Executive Director in Greater Washington DC Metropolitan Area, Dr. Nahla Gadalla.

Ms. El Moghraby graduated from Ahfad University in 2009, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Rural Extension, Education and Development (REED). Prior to joining SAMA, Ms. Elmoghraby worked for the United Nations Development Program – UNDP in Sudan. She also volunteered with non profit organizations, Al-Amal and IFAD, traveling to rural areas, working on public health programs, supporting rural communities; focusing on Maternal & Child Health, Nutrition, & Family planning.
Her knowledge extends to humanitarian, early recovery and development situation in Sudan and the mandates of the various UN Agencies and Donor Programs.
Ms. Elmoghraby’s extensive local travel experience (Gezira, Kordofan, White Nile, River Nile, Gedarif, Sennar, Red Sea) will support the planned expansion of SAMA Women’s Health Program outside Khartoum State.

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