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Welcome MSc students!

A warm welcome to Phoebe Walsh, Ana Bayona, and Talia Glanville, visiting MSc students from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who will be implementing their summer projects with us for the next few months. We took a moment to get know more about them and here is what they had to say:

Phoebe Walsh

“My name is Phoebe Walsh and I am doing an MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I have come to THRU ZIM to work on a project looking at food insecurity and tuberculosis using data from the ERASE-TB cohort. I am looking at whether the BMI of adolescents’ changes in response to a TB diagnosis in the household. When I am not studying, I love cycling and am currently training for an 800km bike ride across the Dolomites in Germany and Italy. I also enjoy knitting and have bought a lovely basket from one of the markets here in Harare to store my wool in! I have loved my time in Zimbabwe so far, visiting the markets and watching some live music. I am really excited about visiting Victoria Falls and Hwange - where I will get the chance to see amazing animals!”

Ana Bayona

“My name is Ana Bayona, I study public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and I am very excited to be in the THRU ZIM as part of my MSc summer project. For my research, I am analysing qualitative data from the GIFT study, looking at the acceptability and messaging of a novel STI test for women in Zimbabwe. I am a nurse, and although I live in London, I am from Valencia, Spain. I love reading, swimming, cooking and trying different food, and, of course, travelling. I love animals and look forward to exploring Zimbabwe's amazing nature and wildlife. What I am enjoying the most so far is how friendly and welcoming people are here!”

Talia Glanville

“Hello! I am Talia, I am 24 years old and I am from Portsmouth, a coastal city in the South of England. I now live in London where I am studying for my MSc Control of Infectious Diseases at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In my spare time, I love exploring and travelling, reading, cooking and playing tennis. During my time here at THRU ZIM, I am excited to understand how primary research is conducted through collecting qualitative data as part of the Pregnancy in Minors study. I have been fortunate to travel with my lovely team, Maureen and Modester, to Epworth, where we have begun carrying out interviews with local people who have been kind and welcoming. Everyone I’ve met here in Harare has been so friendly, and I am excited to explore more of Zimbabwe when I travel to Victoria Falls in a few weeks’ time.”

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