I am a medical doctor with a passion for systems thinking and improvement work in Sub Saharan Africa. I have lived and worked for nearly five years in Eritrea, Tanzania and Malawi, where I am currently based.
I graduated from medical school at Karolinska Institutet in 2003 and returned to do my PhD, which I defended in April 2017, at the Department of Public Health Sciences. In between, I pursued a Master’s degree in Public Health in Developing Countries at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
My first experience of working in Sub Saharan Africa was as a volunteer for UNICEF in Eritrea in 1994-95. I later had the opportunity to work as a clinician and program manager for HIV/AIDS and home-based care in rural south-western Tanzania for two years through VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas).
In Sweden I have focused on immigrant health, both from a public health and clinical perspective. In 2011-2012, I conducted an evaluation of the Health communicators program, which was established to promote health and well-being among 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 where around 70 percent of our patients are first or second generation immigrants from all over the world.
In Malawi, I hold an honorary position as Research fellow with the Department of Family Medicine at the School of Public Health and family Medicine at the College of Medicine in Blantyre. My role includes assisting in coordination and development of departmental research, supervising master students and teaching both postgraduate and undergraduate students. During the 2017-18 academic year, I will do part time clinical work at Ndirande Health centre, focusing on maternal care.
I have been 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 have been 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.