My desire to contribute to efforts aimed at addressing health inequalities especially in rural areas initiated from awareness of malnutrition and poor health condition of my students which affected their participation in class and academic performances. Most of the students drop out of school as result. This scholarship offers me an opportunity to study MSc Nutrition and public health Management. This platform will equip me with the knowledge and skill required to improve population health of school children and productivity outcomes in schools.
A Combination of the application of my first degree Knowledge in biology education and prospectus MSC in Nutrition and Public health knowledge and practical skills are critical to addressing health system problems and guiding policies and practices that contribute greatly to the achievement of the sustainable development goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages). In addition to the achievement of the sustainable development goal 4 ( to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all).
In all sense of humility, I am confident that I will make a good selection by the panel due to my track records of excellence in academics and community development. I have a Second class upper divison (3.96) in Biology education from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology. I obtained the dean of faculty prize for the most disciplined student of the 2016/2017 session.
I have volunteered and worked in community development as a peer educator, youth advocate, researcher, project manager and active member of TRCN (Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria) and Red Cross Association. I have led and worked in teams focusing on advocacy, demand generation, services uptake push, and programme implementation efforts aimed at addressing issues around sexual and reproductive health, routine immunisation, youth participation, gender equality, and neglected tropical diseases. Currently, I work as a teacher in one of the rural schools in my state and lead a community Development service group responsible for sensitisation on prevention and treatment of diseases like Malaria, Jaundice, polio, meningitis and typhoid. I believe that being selected by the panel would offer me a platform to share my community engagement experiences with colleagues and possibly, my tutors with the aim of contributing to knowledge. I am positive that my strong passion for public health research, innovation, and opportunities to lead efforts to solve systemic and population-based public health problems stands me out.
At the end I would like to point out that I am determined to make the most out of this scholarship.
After completing my MPH Degree and within time my PhD, I want to work for a health organization such as the WHO, helping to bring to minimal the rate of malnutrition, disease and infant death in my country Nigeria.
Selection by the panel despite being a direct investment on my personal and professional development will have far-reaching outcomes and impacts on my country’s health system especially for the most vulnerable segment of the population.