Simone Asare - Ghana

Simone Asare

Internship location: Navrongo, Ghana
Career goal: To improve the health and well-being of the poor as a physician, public health-researcher and public servant

Internship summary:
The goal of my research was to explore the relationship between nutrition, malaria and anemia among children in northern Ghana. I collaborated on this project with the Navrongo Health Research Center and the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research. I interviewed 237 caregivers in the Kassena-Nankana District about the nutritional history of their children during the wet and dry seasons in order to assess how diet may be correlated with the prevalence of malaria and anemia among children in the region.

Value of experience:
My YSPH internship has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life because it provided me with the opportunity to get a clearer picture of the process of conducting public health research. My experience in Navrongo affirmed my passion for conducting public health research because I realized that through research, I can explore how social determinants of health impact chronic and infectious diseases in the lives of the indigent; moreover, I can use my public health knowledge to critically analyze data that will facilitate advocacy for the improved health and social welfare of the underserved around the globe.

Best moment:
I learned how to ride a clutch motorbike; it was awesome!