Public Health Graduate Spotlight - Dr Maimuna Nana Sandah-Abubakar
Wednesday, 04 April 2018
Dr Maimuna Nana Sandah-Abubakar (MSc Public Health graduate and Graduate Speaker 2014) gives an update on her life after Brookes.
How the MSc in Public Health has supported my career since completion...
After completing my MSc in Public Health at Oxford Brookes University in 2014, I began a career in the public health sector in Nigeria. I was prepared for this by an academic environment which enabled me to acquire knowledge, abilities and skills that helped to shape a rewarding career. Meanwhile, my experiences outside of the classroom lent me the confidence to pursue my personal ambition: to help strengthen the health system in my country and to improve the health of communities.
Presently, I am the Program Manager for the Community Health Influencers, Promoters and Services (CHIPS) Programme at the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA). Here, I am providing leadership on a new initiative to improve access and equitable coverage to essential health services (especially those related to Maternal, Newborn and Child survival). This is a project that reaches households in rural underserved communities. Basically we are looking to engage, equip and deploy community-level personnel to carry out the following functions:
health education, behaviour change communication and basic service delivery to households
community mobilization for outreaches, and support during outreaches
community surveillance, health-related information, record keeping and transmission
promote referral of sick community members to health facility and to provide after-care follow-up and support.
I have even been able to apply some of the research I undertook for my MSc dissertation in my current work. Last year, I was part of a research team that conducted home-based HIV Testing and Counselling in Nigeria! The Akwa Ibom AIDS Indicator Survey was an exciting experience. The final report will be released this year.
Last year, I received an award for outstanding performance (Best Agency Staff 2017) from my employer (NPHCDA). Part of the award is an offer of sponsorship to study a short course at Harvard University on the Global Health Delivery Intensive Program, which runs in July 2018.