The University of Glasgow in the UK has named our HepaHealth intern Kudzai Nyamondo as one of their Future World Changers: students with ambitions to improve lives across the globe. The University of Glasgow names their Future World Changers to support and celebrate their goals and help them achieve their ambitions alongside their studies.
Kudzai was born in Zimbabwe and is motivated to intern at HepaHealth because, in her words, “Advances in medicine created many solutions used in the Western world, but there is an evident gap in addressing similar issues in low-income countries. I am excited to be working with HepaHealth to learn from their experience to identify ways in which I can impact change!”
She says that “working with HepaHealth has given me the opportunity to apply some of the scientific skills I’m developing through my graduate studies, whilst seeing first-hand how a social enterprise can map out effective solutions to address healthcare concerns and navigate existing political and economic issues. In the long run, my hope is to continue identifying sustainable solutions to healthcare issues whilst identifying ways to equip individuals within those communities with necessary skills to make a living.”
Kudzai is a PhD student working on leukaemia at the Institute of Cancer Sciences at the University of Glasgow. Her desire to investigate cancer development and progression began “when my brother was successfully treated as a baby. Whilst the tumor they removed from him was benign, I developed a keen interest in finding out why certain cancers like Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia recur. The field of cancer sciences is an ever-evolving field with new strides in addressing it being made every day. The chance to be a part of the efforts to design more effective treatments is what I like best.”