Student Profiles

Although challenging at times, transferring our distance education modules from a paper-based system and on to the University's e-learning management system has some great advantages. One of these advantages is that we can interact very immediately – and collectively - with our students through e-tools like "chat rooms" and blogs.

At the start of this semester, when the MPH students began our “Management for Strategies for Public Health II” module we thought that it would be interesting - given the group work in such different contexts and across many African countries, to have our students capture the 'texture' of their work by taking a picture of some aspect of their daily work life and workplace context. Bearing in mind the privacy of their clients and/or colleagues, we asked our students to take a simple photograph using a cellphone and then share it with the group. Here are some great pictures that provide one with a good 'window' into an aspect of the everyday working life of some of our MPH students.

Dr Penn Amaah, Bangui and Bozoum, Central African Republic

penn1I work for a not-for-profit non-governmental Italian organisation called INTERSOS in the Central African Republic as a program manager for the INTERSOS mission in the country. I coordinate activities in health and nutrition and collaborate with other partners at the central and prefectoral (i.e. regional) levels to ensure program success. The picture below was taken during one of my supervisory tours in one of the health centres.


The Central African Republic was hit by violence in December 2013 with the destruction of public infrastructure, massive killings and displacement of population. 

As an aid worker, I coordinate health activities to ensure that marginalized and ‘hard to reach’ populations (for example, those who have been internally displaced in the country) have access to health and nutrition care. 

The picture reveals community health workers assisting the Project meet its objectives.

Mr. Gabriel Essilfie-Essel Ho, Volta Region, Ghana

gabriel1I am a Pharmacist by training. I currently work as the Deputy Volta Regional Manager of the Pharmacy Council of Ghana.

My work involves regulating all pharmaceutical care practitioners in the Volta region as well as the premises within which they practice.

I chose this picture (below) to represent aspects of my regulatory work. It is an itinerant medicine seller selling medicines in an open market stall.

By law medicines are only allowed to be dispensed by Pharmacists in pharmacies and licensed over-the-counter medicine sellers in over-the-counter medicine facilities. 

In summary I seek to protect the health interest of the Ghanaian population by ensuring the highest levels of pharmaceutical care.


Ms Evelyn Matsamura Kiapi, Kampala, Uganda

evelynI work with the United Nations Population Fund as a communications specialist with an ambition of expanding my knowledge on public health issues.

I have chosen the particular picture (taken at Lacor Hospital in Northern Uganda) because it depicts my line of duty as a journalist by profession, moving in communities documenting and giving voices to the voiceless so that they can be heard and their lives changed. 
The mission of Lacor Hospital is to provide health care to the needy, to fight disease and poverty - putting human rights at the forefront of its mission.
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