December 27, 2011


Doctor of Public Health student
Health Policy and Management
Executive Leadership Program
Donald and Jennifer Holzworth Merit Scholar

Gift L.F. Kamanga

Gift L.F. Kamanga

Gift Kamanga believes in his potential to contribute to the well-being of his society. He remembers having that goal as early as age 10, and having it clarified when his grandmother died of antepartum hemorrhage in a place where there was no hospital. Many of his relatives — some of them family bread winners — also have died from preventable infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS.

“When I joined the Malawi College of Health Sciences,” he says, “I saw a way to contribute. I am particularly passionate about advancing interventions with vulnerable groups in the areas of sexual and reproductive health. Public health requires multisectional collaboration and good leadership. I am aspiring to be one of the top leaders to bring about this effective coordination.”

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