Credit: Andrew Dunsmore, Picture Partnership

Commonwealth Scholar Boghuma Titanji, carrying the flag of her home country Cameroon at the 2012 Commonwealth Day Observance

Dr Boghuma Titanji (2009 Commonwealth Scholar from Cameroon, MSc Tropical Medicine and International Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) has now returned to the UK  on a Commonwealth Scholarship  to study for a PhD in HIV Drug Resistance at University College, London.

Since starting her doctoral studies, Boghuma has set up the Global Health Speaker Series’, which takes place each month at Goodenough College, London. Boghuma wanted to provide a forum for tackling global health issues and looking at aspects around which there might be misconceptions.

‘I  decided to start the  Global Health speaker  series  as  a  way  of  promoting  dialogue on important global health  topics  which  I  realise a lot  of  people are  ignorant about. Living and  studying in London seemed  like  the  perfect place  and  time  to take  advantage  of  the wealth  of  expertise in  global health  available  from  the  many leading  institutions in London.’

Tee  series of talks has  been   running since  November  2012  and  so far topics addressed have included; HIV  transmission  dynamics; universal access to  health  care; obesity and climate  change and  causes  of  childhood  blindness  in  developing  countries .Boghuma has valued the opportunity to meet experts from these fields at each of the talks. ‘The  series  has  allowed  me  to meet and  exchange  ideas  with  world  leaders  in  these fields  and  the talks  have  also served  as  a forum  for  raising awareness  and  promoting  dialogue  on  global  health  issues  affecting  us  all.’

The ‘Global Health Speakers Series’ reflects Boghuma’s own desire to tackle health issues in the developing world. A clinical doctor by background, Boghuma found her MSc in Tropical Medicine and International Health at the London School of Hygiene and tropical Medicine provided a sound foundation in critical thinking and research methodology. ‘The Masters programme also served  as  a  crucial  link  to  my  PhD  because  it  was  during  the  course  that  I  met   my now  PhD  supervisor  and  wrote  a  research  proposal for  the  project  I  am  currently  working on.’

After completing her PhD, Boghuma will  have  a  combination of  research  skills  and  clinical  experience  from  her  medical training. She wants to build on this expertise,   combining clinical research and academia whilst continuing with some clinical practice. ‘Personally I  feel  that the MSc/PhD  qualifications  provide  we  with a  unique flexibility   to  combine research with  clinical  practice  for  development  within  Africa,  which  is  my  long term  goal.’