Mark Wainberg Fellowship Programme

Mkhoi Lord Mkhoi

Institution: University of Dodoma
Country of work: Tanzania

What is your motivation for pursuing a career in HIV clinical service delivery?

I always had an interest to study and offer a helping hand in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, particularly HIV and AIDS. As a student in secondary school, I witnessed firsthand the impact of HIV and AIDS on individuals and families. I was involved in caring for my severely ill uncle who contracted HIV during a time when ART was not widely or freely available in Tanzania. I witnessed the medical, financial and psychosocial impact of his ill-health when my mother had to raise his daughter and he returned to the village as his final resting place as nothing could be done for him. I went on to medical school and became a medical doctor in the hope that one day I would render a helping hand in the prevention and control of HIV and AIDS.

How do you anticipate using the knowledge learned once back in your home country?

My future career plan is to continue learning and growing in the field of infectious diseases, particularly HIV and AIDS. My current job position primarily entails teaching and clinical responsibilities. This fellowship programme will provide me with a unique opportunity to use acquired knowledge and skills to mentor other colleagues and students, and therefore have a wider impact in building the next generation of talented workforce that is highly needed in this resource-limited setting. The programme will also help me broaden my knowledge base on the provision of HIV and AIDS related services.