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. Here's the second with Mohammed Abdalla Idriss who has studied with us and has returned as a volunteer tutor with the Disaster Management and Emergency Planning module. Mohammed works with UNICEF in West Darfur, Sudan.Hi, Mohammed. Thanks for talking to us. Can you tell us why you chose to study with Peoples-uni?As a member of the Public health profession working in Sudan, it was difficult for me to be able to pay the cost of Master of Public Health. It became more difficult to leave my job and go to study while I have a family (wife, two daughters) – I need to take of them. Peoples-Uni gave me the opportunity to be with my family, keep my job and the most importantly, continue my education with reasonable cost.  How has studying with Peoples-uni been different to courses provided by other organisations?The study with People-Uni was a special experience for me. It gave me the freedom to choose the courses that fitted with my work requirements and it has the potential to improve my understanding to my local context. This is not the case in most public health education institutes where the syllabus is fixed.Another point of uniqueness of Peoples-uni is posting my contribution to the discussion forum and having tutors and other students commenting on my post as I did so when other students post. This became active learning and gave me a chance to enhance my understanding, exchange experiences/ideas with other students and prepared me for the assignments at the end of course What has been your favourite aspect of studying with Peoples-uni?The Disaster Management and Emergency Planning module was live practice for me as I work in Darfur region – Sudan, the area affected by human-made disaster which has been continuing since 2013.  The study of this module has refined my skills to actively participate in preparing a contingency plan for cholera outbreaks and floods response for West Darfur state. It also helped me to be an active member in coordination meetings that take place at camps. Those meetings discuss different issues regarding services provision in internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps, I have been designated to co-chair Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) coordination meetings and recently I have given the task of coordinating inter-agency need assessment for 33 IDPs camps.What challenges did you have? And how did you overcome them?As full time worker, the learning experience was very challenging to me: reading the core materials, posting a contribution to discussion forum and writing the essay at the end of each course/module. I have worked at weekends, stayed in the office for couple of hours after the work in order to meet my commitments. How have you benefited from studying with Peoples-uni?The two years of study with Peoples-uni gave me an opportunity to interact with a diverse, unique and inspiring group of tutors and students; who are working in different aspect of public health around the globe sharing one vision of improving health of communities that are in most need.I learned the importance of appreciating, respecting and working hard to deliver evidence based interventions, which are not always easy to do; but it only possible through networking, coordinating and partnering within public health sector and other sectors.One big transforming step in my career as a direct contribution of being student with Peoples-uni is that I was able to take new responsibilities and leadership of WASH section in my working area (West Darfur/Sudan).  I became one of the assessment team members and an active participant in coordination of emergency response and contingency plans preparation for floods responses and cholera outbreaks in 33 IDPs Camp with approximate population of 1.7 million people.How can we improve what Peoples-uni offers?I managed to complete my study with Peoples-uni and graduated with an MPH. In my humble opinion it important for Peoples-Uni to consider partnership with institutions locally or globally  and I’m looking forward to seeing a publishing space that gives Peoples-uni students the chance to share the work And finally, what are your hopes and aspirations?I have been deeply touched by and really appreciated the volunteerism and altruism of Peoples-uni tutors and I would like to contribute in whatever roles to keep Peoples-uni delivers quality education for those couldn’t afford it, like me.The Peoples-uni initiative is really great in its genuine goal. Without that initiative I would not be able to do my MPH.   Thanks for talking to us, Mohammed.

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