Peoples-uni works as a result of the efforts of our students and our volunteers. We're keen to introduce our readers to our volunteers and our students and with that in mind, we'll be running occasional interviews.Tonight's interview is with Edward Simon Chilolo who works at PharmAccess International in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.Hi, Edward. Thanks for talking to us. What is your role with Peoples-uni?I'm a tutor for the Maternal Mortality (MM) module and have been since September, 2013.You studied with us too. Why did they choose to volunteer with Peoples-uni?This is like a pay back: I was among the first batch of the MPH graduates and I studied in this program through a low cost fee, so I feel it is good to volunteer so that others benefit from my studies. I also believe that through teaching I will, in one way or another, increase my competence on the area of MM. I also wanted to show the world that if some people from the low income countries are developed they can teach others.I chose to volunteer on the MM module because most of women in my country (rural areas especially where I worked for about 10 years at primary level hospital) die because of a knowledge gap among the service providers, ignorance among the community and challenges.What do you enjoy most about volunteering with Peoples-uni?Quite a few aspects!Sharing experiences with other people from other low-to-middle-income countries; sharing updates on science (MM) among co-tutors and teaching keeps me be up to date as I always visit and read websites (PubMed, Google scholar, Cochrane library etc) and other resources so as to be conversant with the subject in case students want to know more about MM.How have you benefited from volunteering with Peoples-uni?Providing a tutorial on MM improved my project report writing. It has improved my ability to discuss issues with government officials at district and regional level in Tanzania (authority) when I provide supervisory/mentorship visits to the health care providers.The teaching has helped me to write a precise abstract. (I now get some abstracts from my colleagues to read and comment on before submission to respective boards).How can we improve what Peoples-uni offers?By providing medical education (teaching methodology) to tutors especially the new tutors. Linking with globally recognised universities so that the certificate awarded be nationally and  internationally recognised.And finally, what are your hopes and aspirations?I hope that I will continue be a tutor so that I can help those who are struggling to learn public health. I dream that one day Peoples-uni will link with Tanzania educational societies so that many Tanzanians join in the course. Finally, I hope that through developing educational capacity to people in LMICs that MM will be reduced.Thanks for talking to us, Edward.

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