KIT Scholarship Fund: selected students 2017

September 2017 five 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.
This year two students received a full scholarship and 3 students received a partial scholarship from KIT Scholarship Fund.
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.
These health professionals are able to study at KIT thanks to the gifts of our donors. Donations were received from Stichting Casterenshoeve, Hofsteestichting and from other donors that gave preference to anonymity.

Selected students with a scholarship from the KIT Scholarship Fund

We are proud to introduce you to the selected students of the KIT Scholarship Fund:

Linda Manirambona, Burundi

“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.

Amal Atef, Yemen

“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.

Marjorie Jaffet, Zimbabwe

“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.

Doaa Abdalla, Egypt

“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.

Rully Christina, Indonesia

“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.

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