Welcome to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Alumni News.
Here, we share stories from our 30,000 alumni in over 180 countries, along with ways to get involved and important updates.
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COVID-19 Alumni Stories: Melvin Sanicas
Melvin Sanicas (MSc in Infectious Diseases, 2015) talks about the importance of science communication and facts-based information within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Alumni Stories: Dr Luunga Ziko
Dr Luunga Ziko (Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, 2019) explains how COVID-19 has taken over his work.
COVID-19 Alumni Stories: Liliana Candida Dengo-Baloi
Liliana Candida Dengo-Baloi (MSc Control of Infectious Diseases, 2019) describes how Mozambique has been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and her role in the surveillance of active cases.
COVID-19 Alumni Stories: Nurul Maretia Rahmayanti
Nurul Maretia Rahmayanti (MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing, 2019) explains how her role has changed since COVID-19 and how she is responding to the outbreak.
COVID-19 Alumni Stories: Shweta Jindal
Shweta Jindal (MSc Public Health for Development, 2018) describes her experience helping vulnerable families through lockdown in India.
COVID-19 Alumni Stories: Christopher da Costa
Christopher da Costa (MSc Clinical Tropical Medicine, 1986 and PhD, 1991) discusses his professional career and how COVID-19 has affected his work.
COVID-19 Alumni Stories: Amira Shaheen
Amira Shaheen (Epidemiology and Population Health, PhD 2009) discusses her role within the National Epidemiological Committee helping to decide preventative measures in Palestine.
COVID-19 Alumni Stories: Laura Ferreira
Laura Ferreira (MSc Public Health – Environment and Health, 2011) speaks about how she is helping vulnerable families through this pandemic.
COVID-19 Alumni Stories: Anis Kazi
Anis Kazi (MSc Public Health, 2012) shares what his role in Emergency Response has been like since the start of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Alumni Stories: Hana Rohan
Dr Hana Rohan (PhD, 2010) talks about supporting the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.
COVID-19 Alumni Stories: Emily Holman
Emily Holman’s (MSc Control of Infectious Diseases, 2010) discusses how she has been responding to the outbreak using surveillance and the challenges the outbreak has brought.
COVID-19 Alumni Stories: Neale Batra
Neale Batra (MSc Epidemiology, 2016) describes how his life has changed since first hearing about COVID-19 in January.
Community Fundraise to fight COVID-19
Would you like to help raise money for our Response Fund? Whether you have an interest in running, knitting, biking, hosting virtual events or sitting in a bathtub of baked beans, you could help support LSHTM’s fight against coronavirus.
COVID-19 Alumni Stories: Janet Omondi
Janet Omondi (Msc Public Health, 2017) discusses how COVID-19 has affected her work and how Kenya’s response to the outbreak has come with challenges.
Life in Lockdown
We are asking you, as our alumni, to share one or two images that represents your lockdown experience.
COVID-19 Alumni Stories: Mahoko Kamatsuchi
Mahoko Kamatsuchi (Doctorate in Public Health, 2016) talks about how her role has been involved in COVID-19 preparations since early February and the challenges that the Central African Republic (CAR) are facing.
COVID-19 Alumni Stories: Dr Blair Bigham
Dr Blair Bigham (Diploma of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, 2018) discusses what it has been like to work within a hospital during this pandemic.
COVID-19 Alumni Stories: Dr Mininim Oseji
Dr. Mininim Oseji (Diploma in Health Systems Management, 2007) discusses how she has been responding to the outbreak and how Nigeria’s response has affected her work.
COVID-19 Alumni Stories: Dr Ebere Okereke
Dr Ebere Okereke (Global Health Executive Leadership Programme, 2018) speaks to us about her role in the COVID-19 response.
COVID-19 Volunteering Projects
In April we launched a network of volunteers, staff, students and alumni, to devote small amounts of time to crowd-sourced work. Over 1,200 people volunteered to support our projects.
Community Fundraising for LSHTM: CureME
In celebration of ME Awareness Week, we would like to thank Linda Hending for deciding to fundraise for CureME at LSHTM.
COVID-19 Alumni Stories: Alison Coulter
Alison Coulter (MSc Public Health, 2004) talks about what her organisation is doing to help people’s well-being during these uncertain times.
COVID-19 Alumni Stories: Giovanna Jaramillo Gutierrez
Giovanna Jaramillo Gutierrez (MSc in Epidemiology, 2018) speaks about her time in London and the long-lasting personal and professional bonds she established with other alumni.
Luke Kane: Virtual Doctors Volunteering
Dr Luke Kane (Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 2014) discusses how COVID-19 has affected his work, his volunteering with Virtual Doctors and how you can get involved.
COVID-19 Alumni Stories: Mushtaque Chowdhury
Mushtaque Chowdhury (LSHTM PhD, 1986) discusses the first eight days of lockdown and the impact it has had on Bangladesh.
Alumni Innovators: Vanessa Kerry
Dr Kerry (MSc Health Policy, Planning and Financing, 2005) tells us about how she uses innovation in her work and how innovation can solve global health challenges.
COVID-19 Alumni Stories: Urvashi Prasad
Urvashi Prasad (MSc Public Health in Developing Countries, 2014) explains how she has been responding to the pandemic.
COVID-19 Alumni Stories: Bukar Zarami
Bukar Zarami (MSc Tropical Medicine and International Health, 2012) discusses how his role has changed since the outbreak and what a day in his life currently looks like.
Alumni Innovators: Bismarck Dinko
Dr Dinko (PhD, 2013) describes how he uses innovation in his work.
COVID-19 Alumni Stories: Francesca Viliani
Francesca Viliani (MSc Public Health in Developing Countries, 2005) describes her work promoting the wellbeing of employees and their families at these uncertain times.
Establishing a network of LSHTM staff, students and alumni to support our response to the COVID-19 pandemic
We are establishing a network of volunteers that can devote small amounts of time to crowd-sourced work.
COVID-19 Alumni Stories: Experience of the first six weeks in Iraq
Dr Omran S Habib (MSc Community Health in Developing Countries, 1981 and PhD, 1985) discusses Iraq’s first six weeks of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Alumni Innovators: Patricia Mechael
Patricia Mechael (PhD, 2006) describes what innovation means to her and how she uses it in her work.
Obituary: Dr Alfa Sa’adu
LSHTM was very sad to learn that Dr Alfa Sa’adu was one of the first four doctors to die from COVID-19 in the UK.
Many current students are wondering if they are able to get involved in work relating to COVID-19.
Virtual Career Talks
We are always keen to connect current students with our alumni and have launched lunchtime online talks.
Alumni Innovators: Dr Bobbi Pritt
Dr Bobbi Pritt (MSc Medical Parasitology, 2008) describes how she uses innovation in her work.
Are you involved in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic? We would love to hear from you.
COVID-19 Weekly Update
In addition to our monthly newsletters, we will be sending a weekly COVID-19 email newsletter to alumni who sign up to receive special updates.
COVID-19 Response Fund
As a response to the global outbreak, LSHTM has set up the COVID-19 Response Fund.
Alumni Innovators: Dr Anselm Hennis
Dr Anselm Hennis (PhD Epidemiology, 1996) discusses his work finding solutions for global health issues.
Alumni Innovators: Pioneering Doctor Najeeba Al Mulla
Dr Najeeba Al Mulla (MSc Infectious and Tropical Diseases, 1984) was the first woman doctor in Kuwait in the 1960s, working for decades in her country’s public health sector.
Share your knowledge: Write an alumni blog post
Want to share your experiences of LSHTM? Are you involved in interesting research? Have you been on a trip that the world needs to know about? Write for our alumni blog!
Scorpion, Snail: Zanzibar by Adam Boggon
Adam Boggon (East African Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, 2018) shares a story on his time in Zambia.
Nicki Connell: MBE for Services to Emergency Nutrition Crisis Abroad
Nicki Connell (MSc Public Health Nutrition, 2008) was awarded an MBE in the 2020 New Year Honours list.
Tracey Cassidy: Founder of Junior Einsteins
Tracey Cassidy (MSc Medical Microbiology, 2003) speaks about Foundering Junior Einsteins Science Club Ltd.