Episode 10-Interview with Dr. Chido Dziva Chikwari

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In this episode we hear from Dr. Chido Dziva Chikwari, an Epidemiologist from Zimbabwe about her work and career journey in public health for the past 9 years.

We talked about:

  • Chido’s current roles and how long she has been doing health research work
  • Chido’s background and career journey and how she ended up doing the work she does now
  • How she ended up doing an Master’s degree in Epidemiology and what influenced her choices
  • The importance of career guidance and the right vocabulary in career decision making
  • What is an epidemiologist and what do they do?- With examples
  • The things she likes about working in Epidemiology and research
  • How she has used her skills to pivot to different program areas over the years
  • Her research project on increasing access and uptake of HIV testing for children in Zimbabwe that she conducted as part of her PhD
  • How the findings from her research work became relevant when COVID-19 broke out in 2019
  • How we are going to make a movie on Chido’s Doctoral research
  • What are Chido’s top favorite reasons she likes about working in public health research
  • The value and importance of having a good community of people to work with
  • What public health means to Chido
  • For the good of everybody
  • What good for everyone includes and entails from access, universal health coverage, priority populations, COVID-19 global response
  • The importance of meeting people where they are in public health interventions eg. COVID-19 vaccines and prevention
  • Chido’s advice to young people and all people of all ages on career paths
  • What Chido knows now about the field of public health that wishes she had known or understood earlier
  • Public Health is a lot of work?
  • Where is the money in Public health? Is there money in public health work?
  • Career advice and tips are relevant throughout the lifecourse
  • Things change, career pivots happen, life happens
  • Check out https://www.thruzim.org/ for all the research work

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