Myroslava Tataryn was born in Canada and grew up in Ontario and Saskatchewan. She completed her first degree in development Studies and Environmental Science at Queen’s University in 2004 and followed this by work in Canada as well as South Africa and Uganda. During the initial years of her career, following her graduation from Queen’s, Myroslava’s work focused on profiling the need for disabled women to have better access to sexual and reproductive health services, as well as work squarely at the intersection of disability rights and the AIDS pandemic.
Five years after completing her undergraduate studies, Myroslava returned to academic work in order to complete her Masters of Public Health in Developing Countries at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK. Her Master’s thesis analysed barriers and facilitators of community-based support of children with physical disabilities in Malawi. Subsequent positions at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) saw her evaluating post-earthquake rehabilitation interventions in Haiti (2011) and managing a paediatric disability prevalence study in Malawi (2013). More recent work with Handicap International in Senegal (2012), Ethiopia (2014), Jordan and Lebanon (2015) draws on her technical and advocacy experience. Myroslava regularly facilitates training on disability-inclusion for NGOs and UN agencies is a sought-after presenter on current issues related to disabled peoples’ marginalisation in contexts of crisis and displacement. Myroslava is currently based in Amman, Jordan.