I am a visiting PhD student from Department of Community and Global Health, the University of Tokyo in Japan. I first got a bachelor degree in Health Sciences and Social Welfare at Waseda University. During my undergraduate study, I also studied at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore for a year as an exchange student. I then studied for MSc Global Health Sciences at the University of Tokyo.
My research topic for the master thesis was to assess the role of Village Malaria Workers in promoting malaria-related knowledge, treatment-seeking behaviour, and appropriate antimalarial drug use in underserved rural villages in Cambodia. Conducting surveys there was challenging especially during rainy season, because there was no proper road to access the villages and each household. But at the same time, it was a very critical and eye-opening experience. My master study, however, had a number of methodological limitations. It could not have provided strong evidence that could contribute to improve local people’s health. This motivated me to go on to PhD to improve my skills as a researcher so that I can contribute more in the field of Global Health. Before coming to Sweden in January, 2015, I have done a 6-month internship at Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP), which is a Japan-based international NGO active in sexual and reproductive health and rights including family planning, maternal health, and HIV/AIDS. I helped prepared for and organized a workshop on sexual and reproductive health focusing on adolescents in which NGO and government staff participated from Uganda, Swaziland, Lesotho, and Nauru. I am currently working on research plan to be registered at KI.
Strategic areas of interest
My research interest is prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Specific topics of interest are as follows:
- the real-life effectiveness of Option B+ on mother-to-child transmission rate and other critical indicators along the PMTCT cascade.
- tailoring PMTCT continuum of care to the local contexts by identifying implementation problems such as key dropout points, determining what interventions should be prioritized, and how limited resources can be effectively allocated.
Currently, I am also very interested in sexual and reproductive health aspects of Ebola Virus Disease.