Role: Medical student
Department: School of Clinical Medicine
Organisation: University of Cambridge
Interests: Access to Medicines, Advocacy, Campaigning, climate change, Development, Environmental determinants of health, Health data, Health Economics, Health inequalities, Health systems, Human rights, Intellectual Property, Migrant Health, Policy, Public health, Refugee Rights, TB, Tuberculosis
I am a 4th year medical student recently returned from a year in-work between pre-clinical and clinical medicine at Cambridge, where I conducted research and advocacy in various public health fields. I am currently the Policy and Advocacy Director at Students for Global Health.
Access to Medicines - extensive research into funding, policy and law related to equitable access to health technologies. Worked with the MSF Access Campaign in Geneva on analysing research and development, access to insulin, funding of Ebola research and vaccine. Global Health research lead at Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and COVID-19 campaign lead, looking into public funding of COVID-19 health technologies, socially responsible licensing, and clinical trial transparency.
Tuberculosis - Infectious Diseases Research Fellow at the Centre for Infectious Disease Research Zambia for 4 months. I worked in the TB team working on project design, funding proposals, study design and field implementation. In particular, I worked with the National TB and Leprosy Programme (NTLP) on their Active Case Finding Strategy and campaign, and to create a 'Contingency Plan' for NTLP service continuation during COVID-19, which is currently in use in Zambia.
Development and health systems data - public health specialist at DFID Zambia working on the COVID-19 response. led the team developing and implementing GRID3 in Zambia - a geospatial data and mapping project that was used to aid decision making in Zambia's COVID-19 response, for example by creating vulnerability maps of different communities and creating dashboards to track communication interventions. I also co-led the coordination and strategy of a data-for decision making project on infection prevention and control, as well as inputted into other projects such as the Health Systems Strengthening Programming, WASH programming and financial inclusion work. I also researched COVID-19 response strategies, policy implications, and the impact on continuity of essential serivces.
Zambia National TB Programme Active Case finding strategy; Zambia National TB Programme COVID-19 service continuation plan; Zambia Community Health Unit Guideline for Community Health Workers
What does it take for government to go green? We need to talk about what the public sector can do for the climate. Apolitical. Available from: https://apolitical.co/en/solution_article/what-does-it-take-for-government-to-go-green
The Refugee Crisis Isn’t Over: Why we urgently need policy reform. Help Refugees. Available from: https://helprefugees.org/volunteer-blog/the-refugee-crisis-isnt-over-why-we-urgently-need-policy-reform/
Pharmaceutical Power and the General Election. SfGH UK. Available from: https://studentsforglobalhealth.org/2019/12/05/pharmaceutical-power-and-the-general-election/