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I am Ahmed Mohammed Sarki, a PhD student at Warwick Medical School WMS, University of Warwick. I am a Nigerian national and my research interests lie in the area of Public Health and Epidemiology. I have an MSc in 'Public Health' (with Distinction) from Oxford Brookes University, UK, a Diploma in 'Information Systems Management' (with Distinction) from Aptech Computer Education (Abuja Center), Nigeria, and a BSc in 'Microbiology' from Bayero University Kano, Nigeria. I also have a Certificate in 'Project Management' from HiiT (Abuja Center), and another Certificate in 'Monitoring and Evaluation' from E&F Management Consult, Sponsored by Centers for Disease Control (Nigeria office) through African Field Epidemiology Network AFENET.
I have an interest in understanding the variations in disease risks with respect to individual risk factors in low-and-middle-income countries and the world with particular interest in HIV, maternal and childhood mortality, and non-communicable diseases; Diabetes and Cardiovascular diseases to be more specific.
Title: "Application of Disease Mapping to Global Public Health Issues in Low-and-middle-income countries"
The overall aim of this study is to employ the use of disease mapping and novel techniques such as applying Bayesian framework in exploring geographic variations in disease risk factors in low-and-middle-income countries.
There is an important and constant change in the distribution of health and diseases in populations across many regions in the world. Hence, the need for an understanding of the variations in disease risks particularly in low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs).
On the other hand, malnutrition and communicable diseases remain global public health threats that are associated with the indication of a country’s level of development. However, in 2000 the United Nations’ Millennium Summit identified the reduction of maternal mortality and HIV prevalence as part of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for furthering human development. As part of MDGs 5 & 6, the UN established a target of reducing maternal deaths and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases by halting and beginning to reverse the prevalence of these medical conditions and other major diseases by 2015 for all national and regional populations.
However, the progress has been variable across and within countries thereby directly or indirectly hampering monitoring, evaluation, interventions and implementation of policies.
The high prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) emerging in LMICs also added to the interest of conducting this study as most countries in the region are known for high rates of communicable diseases in the previous years, but today the region accounts for >80% of deaths associated to NCDs.
This project will identify and map key global public health issues and variation to highlight high risk groups for targeted policies to reduce inequalities and the gap within countries to accelerate the achievement of the MDGs on one hand and reduce the prevalence of non-communicable diseases on the other hand.
More Info on my research can be found on my research page.
I also have a strong interest in 'Project Management, Monitoring, and Evaluation'.
When not studying, I enjoy playing football, travelling, and watching movies.