I currently work on an EU-sponsored project under the Training and Mobility Network for the Economic Analysis of Conflict (TAMNEAC, http://www.economics-of-security.eu/node/84), a network that seeks to train a young generation of professionals and researchers in tackling the challenges associated with mass violent conflict in developing countries. My research project is aimed at investigating the impact of armed conflicts on maternal and reproductive health (MRH indicators) in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The MRH of people in conflict and post-conflict contexts is a largely neglected and under-researched area in public health. The impact of such conflicts on MRH has not been well documented, hence hindering the development of effective interventions to improve the prevailing situation. In addition to assessing the impact of such conflicts on MRH in SSA, I equally intend to identify and appraise interventions that if rolled-out could effectively improve the MRH of people in conflict and post-conflict emergencies. It is a multidisciplinary research project, making use of both quantitative and qualitative data and research methods. This will involve gathering and comparing disaggregated regional-level quantitative data on MRH indicators in countries that are current engulfed in or emerging from armed conflict(s) in SSA, using primarily the Demographic Health Surveys (DHS, www.measuredhs.com) and Armed Conflict Location and Events Dataset (ACLED, www.acleddata.com) datasets of the countries concerned. A corresponding set of qualitative data will equally be collected through in-depth interviews (IDIs), focus group discussions (FGDs) and field studies, where appropriate. Comparisons will be done between regions/areas of the countries; countries of the sub-regions; and sub-regions of the continent.
Prior to coming to PRIO, I have served in the following positions and institutions:
- Research Officer, Cameroon Bioethics Initiative(CAMBIN)/ Council on Health Research for Development(COHRED), Yaounde, Cameroon (March-November 2011)
- Visiting Lecturer, Saint Louis University Institute of Health and Biomedical Sciences, Bamenda, Cameroon (October 2008 – Dec. 2010).
- Assistant Registrar i/c Administration and Dean of School of Health Sciences Institute of Science Technology (IST), Bamenda, Cameroon (July 2007-September 2008).
- Research Associate, Malaria Research Laboratory, University of Buea, UB (Nov. 2005-Jun. 2007).
- Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Life Sciences, UB (Oct. 2004 – Oct. 2005).
As part of the TAMNEAC fellowship, I am enrolled for a PhD in International Health at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway. Prior to my enrolment at the University of Oslo, I have studied in the following institutions:
- 2009-2011: Master of Public Health (Health Research Ethics/ Health Policy) - Universities of Pretoria and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, in collaboration with Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University, USA.
- 2003-2005: Master of Science (Microbiology/Parasitology) - University of Buea (UB), Cameroon.
- 1999-2002: Bachelor of Science honours (Microbiology and MLT) - UB, Cameroon.