I am a medical doctor trained at Karolinska Institutet with a Master’s degree in Public Health in Developing Countries from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. After completing my clinical internship in 2004, I worked as a physician and program manager for HIV/AIDS and home-based care in rural south-western Tanzania for two years and am since fluent in Swahili.
In Sweden I work with immigrant health issues, both from a public health and clinical perspective. In 2011-2012, I led the evaluation of the pilot phase of health communicators to promote health among newly arrived immigrant populations in Stockholm County. Since 2012, I am doing my specialist training in Family Medicine, based at Husby Akalla Academic Primary Care centre in Stockholm. Nearly 80 percent of our patients were born outside of Sweden or were born in Sweden to immigrant parents. It is very much a global health clinic!
Since January 2016, I have been based at the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Malawi College of Medicine. My role here includes to assist in developing the departmental research agenda, to supervise master students and to help evaluate teaching and clinical activities carried out by the department.
My main research interest is the know-do gap between policy and practice at different levels of the health system and what strategies can be used to improve implementation of essential health interventions in low-income settings. My PhD project is entitled Pathways to the implementation of maternal and newborn care in Sub Saharan Africa – studies of health system bottlenecks and quality improvement strategies. The first study was conducted within the QUALMAT project and the subsequent three studies have been conducted within the context of the EQUIP project in rural southern Tanzania. The focus is on investigating local health system challenges through identifying bottlenecks in health service delivery, exploring health workers perceptions of quality and through investigating mechanism of effect of strategies to improve care for mothers and newborns in rural health facilities.
I plan to defend my thesis at the start of 2017.
I am a regular teacher on the elective undergraduate course in Global health here at KI, where I lecture on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. I am also teaching at Masters’ level on the Advanced course in Health Systems and Policy and this year I was engaged to give a half-day lecture on Health Policy, Health Systems and Global Health Collaborations at the Swedish Red Cross University College. I also teach at the clinic where I have been holding a seminar on International Primary Care for intern doctors.