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Nadege Sandrine Uwamahoro

Newcastle University, Institute of Health and Society, UK

Nadege Sandrine Uwamahoro

Nadege Sandrine Uwamahoro, Public Health Professional, PRINCE2 Practitioner Certification
PhD Student, Newcastle University, Institute of Health and Society, UK

I am a 29 year old Rwandan native and a Danish national. I grew up in Zambia and moved to Denmark at age 17. I got into the world of sexual reproductive health during an internship with DanChurchAid (a Danish faith-based NGO) in Malawi. Working with HIV impact mitigation was eye-opening on many levels. I particularly got interested in working with young people living with HIV (YPLHIV) through a KfW sponsored project that I was helping to kick-start during the internship. Since then, I have dedicated much of my studies to exploring ways of improving access to health and sexual reproductive services for YPLHIV in Malawi. I went back to Malawi to collect data for my master’s thesis which was a qualitative needs assessment using the theoretical concept of health literacy. I graduated with honors in 2016 and started to apply for PhD scholarships to take the research project further. I was fortunate to get offered a scholarship at Newcastle University from 15th March 2017. I will be designing an intervention that will address some of the significant shortcomings identified in the needs assessment. Overall, the intervention will be aimed at improving access to services for YPLHIV, and the research project is most likely to be embedded in the Youth Friendly Health Services Programme.