Students of KIT
Students from around the world follow KIT training programmes in the field of international and public health. The majority of the students come from developing countries. Health managers, doctors, nurses and paramedics attend courses at KIT so that they can approach health problems in their own country in a multidisciplinary way.
Most students from developing countries study at KIT with a scholarship, but with the decline of the number of scholarships fewer students have this opportunity. By investing in future leaders and experts in health care, you contribute to the improvement of international health.
With your contribution to the KIT Scholarship Fund we can continue to offer scholarships to talented health professionals from developing countries.
Your support to one student means better health for thousands!
” I was doing my internship when the HIV pandemic was raging in Zambia. There was no access to ARVs in the public sector. You basically certified people dead everyday of your work. This disturbed me and I decided to go into research. Though I had theoretical knowledge, research opened my eyes to public health. This was the start of my interest of public health. I heard about KIT and talked to the school of medicine, public health department about KIT. I was informed the teaching skills were good. People who study at KIT perform very well in public health. So I decided to go to KIT. Studying at KIT helped me to have a critical mind. It also helped me to really think out of the box.
In my last month at KIT I applied for a position as Program Manager for cervical cancer prevention in my organization. I am still working with the cervical cancer prevention programme. I am now the Director of the programme having grown the programme from a local project to a National project. There was no way I was going to do all that without the training in public health at KIT. My thesis was on cervical cancer screening. I had a lot of guidance on screening during the training. The lectures in Epidemiology came in hand as well.
Right now we have screened close to 200,000 women in the cervical cancer programme which has never happened before in this country. 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 programme and have trained people from 11 other African countries.”
Sharon Kapambwe from Zambia, MPH, background medical doctor. Currently working as director of National Cancer Prevention Centre
“The MPH study program was comprehensive and mixed of theories, practices, skills, tools to apply the knowledge, and real examples from developing countries. Program topics were all interesting and relevant to practical work in the field. With what I learned I can contribute to strengthening the policy and strategies relevant to health in Afghanistan.”
Khalid Sharifi from Afghanistan, MPH/ICHD 2010, background medical doctor, now working as Managing Director of Afghan NGO, Social and Health Development Program (SHDP).
“In our time, organizations and technology are evolving so rapidly that health care professionals must continually seek new skills and perspectives that enable them not only to respond to change, but also to anticipate to it. And this is exactly what we were trained in at KIT. Besides these academic competencies that are making a lot of difference in what I do now, staying and studying in Amsterdam also had positive effects in many ways; the principles of ‘equal opportunity for all people, irrespective of gender, age, race or religion’ were visible in all aspects of the Dutch life.”
John Kingsley Krugu from Ghana, MPH/ICHD 2010, background in biological sciences, now PHD Research Fellow at Maastricht University.
“I work as a deputy manager in the Federal Ministry of Health within the department for emergency and humanitarian action. We cover natural disasters and conflict-affected areas, which, sadly, are numerous. By designing and implementing capacity building programmes, and working together with health partners and international donors, we try to improve our public health sector at regional levels. I came to KIT because I wanted to add more knowledge to my experience. I hope that my master’s degree from KIT will help me to influence decision-makers in Sudan.”
Shaza Sidahmed from Sudan, MPH/ICHD 2012, background medical doctor. Working for Federal Ministry of Health.
“At KIT I was particularly impressed about the course content, the teaching staff composed of world class public health experts and leading academics and researchers, as well as the support staff whose teaching, guidance and administrative support combined to improve my academic orientation and shape my thoughts about public health and its practice.”
Francis-Xavier Andoh-Adjei from Ghana, MPH/ICHD 2010, now working as Deputy Director for Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation and International Relations at the National Health Insurance Authority in Ghana. He is enrolled at Radboud University Medical Centre-Nijmegen as PHD Researcher in Health Systems and Policy.
“As a manager and a clinician, the ICHD has given me the skills to formulate and implement programs and interventions to resolve pertinent health problems at national and community levels. For example, the knowledge and skills acquired from the HIV responds module and the findings of my thesis constitute the basics advocate for policy change in PMTCT of HIV in Ghana. Overall, the course has given me the confidence to analyze a public health situations and formulate policies to address the bottlenecks.
I am delighted that I am no more limited to seeing patients at consulting rooms and theatres but also prepared to influence policy to impact positively on the health of the Ghanaian society at large.”
Peter Baffoe, MD, Senior Specialist Obs/Gyn, MPH (Ghana) Currently: Medical Director, Upper East regional hospital
“I worked as a psychologist in public general hospitals and as a researcher in the human resources department of secretariat of São Paulo, southeast of Brazil. My experience there exposed me to the challenges faced by the population and health workers within the health sector.
In professional and personal terms, I believe that the course provided me many opportunities to discuss and see public health issues in different ways. Today I can see my country from a new perspective: from micro to macro vision. My colleagues helped me view Brazil within an international context, which made me rediscover it. Now I can see beyond the difficulties and appreciate what we have achieved.
It was a very intense year; I worked hard, I have matured since then and I think that many insights will come. I was able to build relationships with affection and respect within the group. I am satisfied with my performance. I have many challenges ahead, but I can recognize better my own value; I feel more confident and professionally prepared for future challenges.”
“Every single module in this ICHD/MPH program has been practically very useful for me. During the course, I completed 8 writing assignments of different public health issues that boosted my interest and confidence in academic writing. In addition to the topics which polished my existing capacity in programming, I got new knowledge and practical skills on financing, human resource, research and statistics which are also of equal importance for the success of programs. This course has upgraded my capacity in public health to be able to work with more professional manner while ensuring equitable and effective implementation using the scarce resources that we have.”
Swe Swe Aye, MPH/ICHD 2013. Background: Medical Doctor (Myanmar)