KIT Scholarship Fund Fellows

September 2018 three students started a Masters programme at KIT with a scholarship from KIT Scholarship Fund. They are studying the Master in Public Health or the Master in International Health. This is made possible thanks to donations from our donors.

We welcome this new ‘future leaders in health’. And hope that after a year at KIT they can make a difference in the health situation in their country and contribute to improving the health of many people.

“My name is Linda, I am from Burundi and have experience working in a district hospital in Rwanda. I find passion by providing health care. During my work in the hospital I realized that some realities are not thought in school. I can prescribe medication but  this would not help if someone cannot pay for it. The majority of the patients that came to the hospital had chronic diseases which were diagnosed very late because they only came to the hospital in times of crisis. This complicated the treatment and increased the costs. I could prescribe medication but this would not help if patients could not pay it.

Throughout my studies and clinical experience I my interest in preventive medicine grew. I could see how important it is for a community to be healthy. It is always better to prevent than cure. This helps the community but also the economy of a country.

The reason why  I wanted to study the Master in Public Health programme at KIT is to be better equipped to assess and address the health needs in my country and contribute to better health through policy making. KIT’s vision and programme offers a unique learning experience. I envision working in public health institutions in my country and to contribute to the global health system, expertise about the economy factor, policies and management for health systems.

Thanks to the support of KIT Scholarship Fund I will use the acquired knowledge and skills to develop public health in my country, Africa and all over the world. ”

Linda Manirambona from Burundi, background in Medicine, studies Master of Public Health at KIT with a scholarship from KIT Scholarship Fund.

“I am Yemeni Female doctor and since my graduation I have been working in emergency relief programs in different areas in Yemen especially in Health and Nutrition. During this period I have worked with many Humanitarian international NGO’s working in life saving programs mainly focusing on the most vulnerable people (ACF International, Save the Children International, Medecins du Monde (MDM) France, and MSF Spain, Unicef). I feel however that I still need to increase my knowledge, build my capacity and learn new skills to contribute better to the improvement of health in my country.

Yemen is one of the developing countries in the middle east with low income where there is a lack of public health specialists and there are huge public health issues, e.g. high rate of acute malnutrition, food insecurity, a fragile health system. 

Thanks to KIT Scholarship Fund I am now able to study the Master in International health at KIT Royal Tropical Institute and this will enable me to support my country and help in saving lives of vulnerable people as well as improve the level of health system in Yemen. This year at KIT will provide me with the essential skills which in my path as a public health specialist. I look forward to working on public policies and strategies that can have a positive preventive impact. And as such will bring benefit to the most vulnerable populations, such as pregnant women and children under 5 years old.”

Amal Atef from Yemen, background in Medicine, studies Master in International Health at KIT with a partial scholarship from KIT Scholarship Fund.

“Being the village health worker, my mother was responsible for managing minor ailments also overseeing local distribution of food handouts donated by charity organizations. As I grew up, I began to enjoy serving people and assisting my mother in her community duties. The realization that we were standing as a beacon of hope for the community brought about a tremendous feeling of joy and fulfilment in me. Through these experiences, an interminable passion for the health and welfare of the public was integrated into my genome. I was aided by several benefactors that contributed financially to enable me to study. 

After my graduation with Bachelor of medicine and Bachelor of surgery degrees I worked in a general hospital and later at a district hospital in a remote area of Matebeleland South province in Zimbabwe. During this period I realised the importance of public health as I was involved as a trainer of trainers in many public health implementation strategies in TB and HIV diseases. The pursuit of the Public Health discipline grants me the perfect platform to give back to my community which has always been my ambition. There is an immense sense of pride and fulfilment that comes with the knowledge that one is the pillar of the whole nation’s health domain and not just a clinician who can’t treat beyond their arm’s length.

I chose to do Masters in International health to be able to acquire knowledge and skills in developing strategies and policies to improve the health situation in my country and other low and middle-income countries through different platforms. It is my conviction that my Master in International Health qualification will go a long way in reviving the health delivery system of our economically hamstrung nation. I endeavour to spearhead the establishment of effective local research bodies so that we get a tailor made understanding of the epidemiology of diseases affecting our population.

I am grateful to study at KIT Royal Tropical Institute because I believe it presents me with an opportunity to broaden my knowledge in an academically stimulating environment. Mixing with international students of diverse cultures and backgrounds at KIT will surely empower me and broaden my understanding of public health.”

Marjorie Jaffet from Zimbabwe, background in Medicine, studies Master in International Health at KIT with a scholarship from KIT Scholarship Fund.

“Despite the challenges of being a working mother with 2 daughters living modestly in Egypt, I have learnt how to build my capacity and assume multiple responsibilities both at family and career levels. My professional and voluntary activities have helped me realize the integration of health and human development, focus my ideas and thoughts and set my main goals of helping in the development process, particularly in developing countries. Having worked at the health minister’s technical office, I have been given a unique opportunity to actively participate, learn and widen my horizons about the complexity of health issues in Egypt given the strong exposure to various governmental bodies and international organizations. I am prepared and confident to evaluate situations and to contribute well processed opinions and offer solutions on the subject of health systems. I am motivated to continue my education on the topics related to Public Health. Both living in Egypt and volunteering abroad have allowed me the privilege of developing a unique perspective on international healthcare development. 

I am fully convinced that this prestigious master program in Public Health is essential for me to gain the practical tools and required knowledge to realize my dreams of improving healthcare in Egypt. I come from a modest hard working family who invested all their resources in our education as a way for a better future not only for us, but also for the whole community. I am fully convinced that this prestigious master program in Public Health is a stepping stone for a middle age female like me to gain the practical tools and required knowledge to realize my dreams of improving healthcare in Egypt and the whole world.”

Doaa Abdalla from Egypt, background in Medicine, studies the Master in Public Health with a partial scholarship from KIT Scholarship Fund.

“I have a background in medicine. Currently I am working as project site manager (Occupational Medicine doctor) for healthcare facility in central of Sulawesi Indonesia in Donggi Senoro Liquefied natural gas (LNG). Previously, I worked for another healthcarepost in a coal mining region in Kalimantan on Borneo Indonesia. In both regions I have to work with a lot of people from other countries in South East Asia. I felt I wanted to develop myself to be able to work more efficient and on prevention of the health problems these regions are facing.

I really enjoy learning through problem solving, handling health event, and managing for win win solution, my application decisive was the fact that the course emphasises for those who aspired to develop orboost your career in international health, so i am sure that this course is designed for me.

I believe that studying at KIT under the guidance of experienced professionals I will gain the tools that are needed to contribute to improve the health situation on all levels in Indonesia.” 

Rully Christina from Indonesia, background in Medicine studies the Master in International Health with a partial scholarship from KIT Scholarship Fund.

” I was doing my internship when the HIV pandemic was raging in Zambia. There was no access to antiretroviral medicine in the public sector. You basically certified people dead every day. This disturbed me and I realised that prevention is better than cure. This was the start of my interest in public health. 

Studying at KIT helped me to have a critical mind and to think out of the box. I work now for the National Cancer Prevention Centre in Zambia. We have screened close to 200,000 women in the cervical cancer program. Though the incidence and mortality rates are still high, there has been massive awareness on the disease. We have also managed to have international recognition on the program and have trained people from eleven other African countries. I could not have succeeded in all that without the training in public health at KIT.”


“Since I graduated from college was my dream to pursue a postgraduate study. Education has been a vital part of my career. I am a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in a premier university. I am a registered nurse and midwife by profession. At present, I am working with the Episcopal Commission on Health Care of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). I am the program officer of the entire TB program of the church, concerning 86 dioceses all over the Philippines. I am also the nurse of the HIV Center of the Camillian Fathers, a church-based initiative to help and support people living with HIV that also offers preventive services such as testing and health education.

I chose to study the Master of Public Health/International Course in Health Development (ICHD/MPH) because I want to help my country and my community to have an equal and unbiased access to health services. I believe that the skills I learn at KIT will help me in my advocacy towards access to sexual and reproductive health and rights including HIV-related services in my country. These are my driving forces and my motivations to pursue this master’s programme. Following the MPH/ICHD at KIT (Royal Tropical Institute) will advance my level of knowledge, and learning with people from all over the world will help me to learn new and better methods in addressing public health concerns.

I believe that pursuing this program will be a great help in empowering youth like me in addressing public health concerns and pushing limits to reach equality on rights and health care. I humbly take this opportunity to thank KIT Scholarship Fund and the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) for granting me this scholarship. I look forward to sharing what I learn in my community in my constant effort to help those in need. Changing someone’s life for the better is something to be proud of. 

Thank you.”

Daren Paul Katigbak from the Philippines, background in Nursing and Midwifery, studies MPH/ICHD at KIT with a scholarship from KIT Scholarship Fund and co-funding NFP, Nuffic.

“Being from Afghanistan, I have studied Nursing in Pakistan while living as refugee. 

Since more than ten years I work with the international humanitarian organization Medicins Sans Frontieres. I worked over five years in Pakistan as national staff , supporting Afghanistan refugees and host population in remote parts of Pakistan. Since 2011I joined the international pool of humanitarian aid workers and since then I have worked in South Sudan, Uzbekistan, Papua New Guinea and Iraq.

My work ranges from nutrition, reproductive health, outbreak response, emergencies, mass vaccinations campaigns, MDR, and drugs sensitive TB program, sexual and reproductive health, communicable and non-communicable disease programs, across the nations, around the developing world, and in developed nations. 

My ultimate goal is to work in Aghanistan with the Ministry of Public health. Studying the Master in International health and Netherlands Course in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from KIT will equip me with both technical and soft skills that I can apply in my daily work as health professional and in any future work and projects. I look forward to apply these skills in the communities that need it.”

Abdul Wasay from Afghanistan, background in Nursing, studies the Master in International Health in 2016-2017 at KIT with support from KIT Scholarship Fund and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)

“I am a medical doctor who works with the the Hospitals’ Management Board of Ondo state government in southwest Nigeria. Since my graduation from medical school seventeen years ago I have worked in different clinical positions, as a health manager leading healthcare service delivery, as well as working on the implementation of health programs in rural and semi-urban settings.

In each of these working experiences I realised that in addition to my medical education, I needed to acquire skills in public health, particularly health system policy and management in order to approach my task of healthcare service delivery and program implementation from a broader perspective. 

I reached this conclusion because I observed on many occasions that our health system often leaves gaps that make health interventions difficult. I think this is partly due to improper engagement of stakeholders. Consequently efforts aimed at improving health are often met with disappointing outcomes.

Coming to KIT for this Master of Public Health and International Course in Health Development is one right decision I belief I made to launch myself into a realm of new knowledge discovery that will enhance my continuous and better participation in the process of contribution to health development in my home state in particular and Nigeria in general. The contribution of KIT Scholarship Fund to my co-finance scholarship will facilitate my acquisition of these new skills and knowledge. 

I look forward to apply these new skills and knowledge in influencing the government of my state and country to evolve health policies that favor universal health coverage and improve the health and well-being of our people.”

Ayodotun Aminuu from Nigeria, background in Medicine, studies MPH/ICHD at KIT with a scholarship from KIT Scholarship Fund, co-funding NFP, Nuffic and self funding.

I come from Zambia and have studied nursing and midwifery. I have worked in hospitals as nurse in charge and also as Mother and Child health Coordinator with the District Health Management Office. Currently I work at a school of nursing and midwifery as a tutor.

I would like to study the Master in International Health at KIT to help me gain solid and vast knowledge in health issues both in the local and international set up. I hope to learn how health activities are done and how policies are formulated and utilized in various parts of the world.

With the knowledge learned at KIT I look forward to participate in policy formulation and conducting health services pertaining to mothers and children activities in improving the health of the mother and community at large. I have a passion for maternal health and with the challenges affecting the women in child birth and care of their babies and children. I wish to use my knowledge to take part in putting in place health activities that can improve maternal and child health in my country Zambia.

Chinyama Cheelo from Zambia, background in Nursing and Midwifery. She will start the Master in International Health in 2015-2016 with a scholarship from the KIT Scholarship Fund.

I have been working in the health sector since my graduation from the College of Dentistry. I have started my journey from the Tahrir Square. The place that has changed my life like many other Egyptians. Soon after finishing my internship in late 2010, the Egyptian Revolution broke out. During this I have worked in civil hospitals at Tahrir Square. Its members soon launched the Tahrir Doctor Society.

An NGO with the objective of providing emergency response at turbulent places and promoting public health. This experience made me realize the extent to which public health in Egypt required improvements.

So I started working for AHED, the leading association in health development in Egypt. This motivated me to seek advanced studies in Public Health at a reputable institution to perfect my knowledge in the expertise. So I applied for a master in public health at the distinguished Royal Tropical Institute.

This Masters programme will enhance my knowledge and skills in this field and allow me to play a more active role in promoting public health in Egypt.

Muhamad Al-Zawawy from Cairo, Egypt, background in Dentistry. He will start the Master in Public Health in 2015-2016 with a partial scholarship from KIT Scholarship Fund and a scholarship from the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation.

My name is Ruth Kanyiru and I come from Kenya. I have a background in Nursing.Having worked in hospitals as a nurse I felt a growing interest and desire for helping a large number of people with more emphasis for prevention and primary care rather than tertiary care.

I have worked as coordinator for counseling and testing services in Central province for a period of two years before joining the national level. Here I was tasked in coordinating post exposure prophylaxis in all the government hospitals in the country. In addition I have been working closely with the MARPs (most at risk population) program which deals with HIV control among MSM, community sex workers.

My first introduction to international public health arena came during my volunteer work for polio eradication initiative in (Ethiopia, Ghana and Cameroon) it fascinated me as I saw the range of problems that public health professionals were trying to solve in innovative ways. This one was an eye opener to the issues faced in health care today.

The area I plan to major in is nutrition. The burden of maternal mortality extends far beyond the physical and mental health implications. The prevalence of communicable disease in Kenya is a major factor in determining health outcomes. Maternal and child health are my passion. Hence capacity building of health workers in preventive medicine like nutrition, hand-washing and vaccination will be my main priority. Especially in the arid areas of my country like the rift valley, Nairobi and Eastern provinces where mothers and children are dying due to hunger like in Turkana and Marsabit, while others in the capital are over nourished too.

Ruth Kanyiru from Kenya, background in Nursing. She will start the Master in International Health in 2015-2016 with a scholarship from the KIT Scholarship Fund.