My name is Angela Mwape and I have been given an opportunity to undertake my PhD studies (beginning October, 2018) at Warwick University in the United Kingdom. I have done all my tertiary education in the United Kingdom from my Undergraduate degree to my masters study all of which I have self-funded. I have demonstrated my hard work and determination by obtaining exceptionally good grades at both level of studies including a distinction in my undergraduate research on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and also a distinction for my overall masters grade. These achievements have been followed by hard work and determination. It is this motivation that has driven me to undertake further studies at PhD level, not only for my benefit but the benefit of my country as it will be one way of giving back to society by undertaking research that will benefit the nation as a whole.
About my Research
The last few years have witnessed the global community, national government and healthcare professional bring a threat to antimicrobial resistance into the forefront media. Global health research needs to be tackled in a multi-disciplinary way. This includes social scientist, who have a key role to play in combatting the spread of AMR, especially in low- and middle- income countries. Therefore, it is vital to support young and aspiring minds, like myself, to also work in this rapidly changing area of enquiry.
Therefore, the aim of my thesis would be to develop a tool to assess public knowledge and attitudes to antimicrobial resistance in Zambia. This work is critically important given the dangers of over-use of antimicrobials and a lack of awareness of such issues in almost all countries, but in low- and middle- income in particular. For instance, Zambia continues to experience thousand cases of cholera and other infectious diseases on a yearly basis. Despite the governments intervention in combatting antimicrobial resistance of most of these infectious diseases. It is also vital to understand prescribing behaviours of health professionals as well as the general public’s understanding of antimicrobial diseases. Doctoral research especially in the sub-Saharan context is mostly done by non-natives, the natives especially the women are also under- represented. Therefore, I feel it is vital for women to take up research in the field of antimicrobial resistance while utilising tools, knowledge and expertise of developed countries such as the United Kingdom. Hence, my reason for choosing to undertake this research at one of the worlds highly ranked universities in my field of research as well as finding supervisors with the right knowledge and expertise to help me complete my thesis.
Why you should donate
When you donate for my PhD studies, you are also helping not only me but the entire Zambia and Africa in general due the applicability of this research to other low- and middle- income countries.
What is crucial for me at this stage is to at least raise money for my tuition fees which are £21000 per annum. However, I am willing to fund my travel, accommodation and living expenses especially for the first year of my studies. However, well-wishers wishing to donate more are most welcome.
I intend to do my data collection from my home nation Zambia. Therefore, I will need to travel back and forth and considering the exorbitant tuition fees for international students in the U.K, if I at least secure funding for my tuition fees then that will help me a great deal especially in the first year. Thereafter, I believe securing funding for the next three years will be easy as I intend on getting excellent grades and putting in so much publications to attract more funding as well as a scholarship from the university.
I am currently been supported by two research supervisors at Warwick of which my primary supervisor is currently working on a selection tool for community Health Workers in Sub-Saharan Africa and my secondary supervisor is involved in a funded study on Antibiotic Access and Use in Africa and Asia. My research proposal fits well with both my supervisors, hence, their ability to support my thesis proposal.
My past experience
My useful background in Pharmaceutical sciences and research methods earned at my master’s level will complement my PhD studies and my proposed research timetable is feasible during the duration of my doctorate.
My work experience has involved working in a variety of industries especially the health sector. Suffice to say, I have also maintained part-time jobs alongside my university studies and still managed to get exceptionally good grades. Therefore, your investment in me will not go to waste but will be to support a greater cause.
I am a polite, enthusiastic individual who deserves to see this project through to fruition. Your funding support will place me in a good research active department at Warwick University that has a lot of academics doing evidence based research in Sub-Saharan Africa.
All about my research
Aim: To develop and validate an instrument to assess the knowledge, beliefs, attitudes and practice of individuals towards antimicrobial use and resistance.
- Perform a systematic review of existing approaches for measuring public knowledge, beliefs, attitudes and behaviour towards antimicrobial use.
- Conduct Qualitative research to explore individuals’ understanding of antibiotics and to develop questionnaire items which are meaningful to members of the public through cognitive interviewing. This work will consider antibiotic consumption in an international context.
- To develop and test an instrument to measure public knowledge, attitudes and practices concerning antimicrobial use in a variety of contexts.
Future Research: I am passionate about improving access to health for all as well as tackling antimicrobial resistance in low- and middle- income countries. Therefore, I would like to further develop my career in this field of study as well as apply my research to other countries in Africa.
Lastly, I promise to keep you all updated on my Doctoral experience by starting a blog and youtube page as well as inviting you to Zambia and see it’s varied waterfalls and safari parks