The ability to bring change and advanceone’s community and country is probably the highest achievement that one canmake in life. In the healthcare industry, many people with such ideals areurgently needed to address the myriad challenges of disease burden, especiallywith new pandemics like Ebola and HIV; as well as emerging non-communicablediseases like hypertension, diabetes and cancer.In Africa, particularly in Kenya, the twin problemsof communicable and non-communicable diseases have been worsened by thedevolution of health to the counties following the coming to force of the 2010constitution.
Counties that were previously non-existed were tasked with thehuge task of running a highly resource- intensive and dependent healthprograms. Because of the various challenges encountered, Kenya has seenworsening in health indicators like maternal mortality rates and infantmortality rates. Personally, I have had the dream of being amajor player in making of decisions that positively affect the health of mycountrymen.
From childhood, whence I have borne the brunt of walking longdistances to access health services, it has been my wish that I train in afield that shall enable me to serve in the medical field. That is why I pursuedMedicine as a course in my undergraduate studies at Moi University, Kenya. Once I started working in the community Imy various postings, I have noted many gaps in the delivery of health services,these being manifest within the facilities, but also in the broader frameworkin which health services are being offered. Currently, in the HIV clinic inwhich I work in, I have come to appreciate that not all patients who areeligible for anti-retroviral drugs are on care. It is saddening also to encounternew infections in children whose parents have the virus. It is for thesereasons that I have applied for this Masters in Global Health at BergenUniversity. This is because I needed to learn more, and be versed withpractical and leadership skills that can enable me to engage in progressivelycomplex tasks aimed at alleviating the challenges mentioned above.
Upon completion of my studies, I plan tocome back to my department at Gertrude’s Children’s hospital where I hope to beable to guide the staff, donors and clients in rolling back the detrimentaleffects of HIV on our communities by offering my expertise in teaching,training and leadership