Policy and medical care: Why we need more doctors in policy and advocacy

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Dr. Mellany Murgo knew that she wanted to be a doctor at 9 years old. She also knew in medical school that she wanted to make an impact in the field of medicine. Her interest in medical research, advocacy and policy makes her journey compelling. Here is her story.

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Public Health and Epidemiology: My Story

dr_aida_asmelash_public_health_and-_epidemiologyMeet Dr. Aida Asmelash, the Clinical Research Site Leader and Research Associate at the Botswana Harvard Aids Institute. She is an experienced clinical researcher, with exposure to HIV/AIDS Research and several publications on the same. She is also the Network Program Leader for the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG). This is our interview with this global leader.

Question: Tell me about why you wanted to be a doctor and how you got into public health.
Aida: I have always had a great passion for helping others. Since I was a young girl, maybe 10 years old, I knew that I wanted to be either a nurse or a doctor. I completed high school and got a scholarship to study medicine. After medical school, I was posted in rural Ethiopia where I worked for about a year before proceeding to Europe for postgraduate studies in public health and epidemiology. Continue reading

Medical Research: My passion

Dr_Refilwe_at_work_2Medicine is defined as a “calling” or the noblest profession, mostly because it involves service of others at their weakest. Doctor Refilwe Mothibamele tells us how her pursuit of a medical career led her to HIV-AIDS Research and what makes it an engaging occupation.

Question: Tell me about your training as a medical doctor.
Refilwe:
I did my first year, what we call common year, at the University of Botswana, then proceeded to Kwa Zulu Natal, Durban for Bachelor of Medicine in Surgery for 5 years. Continue reading