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. Edward Chilolo, one of our volunteers interviewed Katanta Mantamba Simwanza who works at Singida Regional Hospital in Tanzania with the TUNAJALI project.Hi, Katanta. Why did you choose to study with Peoples-uni?Working with the community in this field of Public Health, I need to learn from other parts of the world the way that colleagues tackle challenges in Public Health. I’m a program manager for comprehensive HIV care and treatment for Singida region and EngenderHealth for HIV and Maternal with basic training in medical sciences Attending the Peoples-uni program has provided a platform to acquire the skills of managing and executing public health programs.How has studying with Peoples-uni been different to courses provided by other organisations?To me the program is tailored to fit low resource and developing countries. But also the program is cheaper and more affordable for people like me to participate and acquire public health skills.What has been your favourite aspect of studying with Peoples-uni?Resources provided by the tutors and having experienced tutor in the field of public health are two of the things I enjoy the most. The Peoples-uni team generally is marvellous and supportive. They respond to issues on time.What challenges have you experienced and how have you overcome them?I’ve had problems in using the internet – for accessing the resources. Network coverage is an issue. My work entails working in rural areas where there is no electricity or network. So in some instances this has delayed my learning.How have you benefitted from studying with Peoples-uni?After completing the modules in Maternal Health and in HIV, my skills have been sharpened and my eyes are more sensitive for looking at issues pertaining to these subjects. This has enabled to integrate more programs in my ongoing work and I have been able to help my region to develop the strategic plan for Maternal health. The region has done well and it was recognized by the Ministry of Health and the President presented a trophy to the regional leadership to acknowledge the effort made by team. I have also been recognized and asked to support regions in Tanzania to develop regional plans in response to the “National Road Map Strategic Plan to Accelerate Reduction of Maternal, Newborn and Child Deaths in Tanzania” (The One Plan).Have you been able to share your learning with colleagues?I have informed my colleagues about Peoples-uni and how to join. They’ve been able to see the information about the courses.How can we improve what Peoples-uni offers?A key issue for those of us coming from low-income countries to consider are the fees.And finally, what are your hopes and ambitions?My hope to acquire more skills in evidence-based interventions and decision-making for public health programs. My eventual  goal is to earn a MPH through this program and also to become a resourceful and useful person for Peoples-uni.Thanks for talking to me, Katanta and I wish you success in your continued studies.

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