Stumo family seeks to amplify women in global healthcare

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Photos displayed at Samya Stumo’s memorial at her family’s Sheffield home in March.

SHEFFIELD—Although Sheffield native Samya Stumo was only 24 when she was killed in the Ethiopia Airlines Flight 302 crash outside Addis Ababa in March, she had already begun to make waves in the field of global healthcare, said her partner, Mike Snavely.

Now, her family wants to help other women do the same.

Snavely said as her friends and family mourned her death, one of the heaviest losses was the impact of her work had she had the rest of her career. Within a week of the crash, Stumo’s loved ones and former employers at the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit ThinkWell Global began talking about how to empower other women early in their global healthcare careers.
To do that, they hope to offer one applicant a year-long $100,000 fellowship to pursue an impactful global health project.

“I think very much the founding ethos is that this is a way for the type of work that Samya was doing to be amplified and continued,” Snavely said. “Eventually, we aim to support multiple women per year … it’s a way to provide women who are just like Samya with the chance to do similar work in the future and to make it an even larger impact in doing the types of things Samya may have done in the future.”

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