What does your job involve?
As an assistant researcher in the Clinical Trials Directorate of Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI), I am primarily involved in managing and overseeing the day-to-day execution of clinical research activities.
I have been involved in various clinical research projects at various capacities. Moreover, I oversee updating Principal Investigators and project stakeholders on the progress of study activities, shed light on challenges and jointly plan ways forward.
In my current post as a local data monitor on the Ethiopia Cholera Control and Prevention Project (ECCP) I was actively involved in the coordination of a successful cholera vaccination campaign that took place in one of the disease hot spot area in the country. Moreover, over the prospective cholera and diarrheal disease surveillance aspect of the project I am primarily responsible for ensuring and monitoring research activity adherence to study protocol. Outside of this I am also actively involved in grant proposal preparations in the directorate on different priority areas to solicit resource and collaboration from international organizations in order to tackle different health problems.
What do you love about being a scientist?
My interest in clinical research was sparked by my experience in medical school, where, despite huge advances in clinical practice across the world, the illness patterns of a substantial percentage of patients I saw were such that should not exist today. Furthermore, with the worrisome growth in the prevalence of non-communicable illness, I became aware of the lack of attention to health care and the desperate need for effective public health interventions beyond infrastructure installation.
I realized that to make a lasting impact in this field more physicians who have hands-on experience and observation of the problem should also be a part of the solution. I strongly believe in the potential of clinical research to understand current practice, identify areas of strength and weakness, and inform decisions. Most importantly, I love being part of the force that works to improve the health of underserved populations by improving the accessibility, quality, and efficiency of our health-care system.
What is one way gender equality advances global health?
Women and girls are particularly vulnerable members of society with a high rate of adverse health outcomes, particularly in the world’s least developed regions, where they suffer enormous environmental and socio-economic burdens. Ensuring that gender perspectives are thoroughly and properly explored in the context of global health will allow for decision makers to set priorities and allocate resources in accordance with population health requirements.