Master of Public Health candidate
BSc Health Promotion - University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences
MS International Health Policy and Management – Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy and Management
What are your career goals?
I aim to contribute towards global development through effecting significant reforms in public health and impacting its “boarders”. Specifically, I am indebted to identify and / or to push for the necessary policies and generating relevant objective epidemiological evidence to back it up and upset the observed reluctance to change. At / Towards the twilight of my career, I should establish an NGO institutionalizing the principles and strategies for optimal achievements in public health.
What sparked your interest in global health?
While I had an interest in health from childhood, it was transient just like any of my other wild childhood dreams to be anything fancy. However the interest in health prevailed and then turned to public health when I realized how much more people I could reach out to through it than I would say through more clinical practice. I theoretically realized this while taking studies at the UZ College of Health Sciences but the reality was manifested later during my short employment with the ministry of health, and continues to be reinforced in my pursuit of further studies.
How do you see yourself making a difference in public health because of the Global Health Scholarship?
While one can never be a jack of all trades, I believe the degree in public health /epidemiology from this number one school (combined with my existing academic qualifications) will equip me with the missing tabs for me to fit into the unique niche that I aim for in the international health puzzle. The Global Health Scholarship has thus enabled this to happen and in addition, I anticipate that the meetings for global health scholars will give me an extra edge from the studies and also the consciousness of receiving this scholarship should forever inspire me to fulfill its goals. The scholarships have enabled me to attain the “escape velocity” to launch me into the next realm of my career.
Who inspires you and why?
I struggle to identify a single source of my career inspiration (let alone for life in general). However, I derive my primary inspiration for public health practice from “unsung heroes” whom I have witnessed immensely contributing towards other people`s health in their extended family, friends or even for the entire village / community as volunteers. I sincerely believe these people would have made even more tremendous impact in public health if only they had had their knowledge formalized. In terms of my passion to shift the paradigm and tackle the “impossible”, I am encouraged by the likes of MSF and PIH (including its founder) who have demonstrated (against the world general mentality) that “it can be done”.