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LSHTM MSc Students visit Zimbabwe

Over the last couple of weeks, three MSc students from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine have visited the Thru Zim research hub in Zimbabwe to assist with their research projects. Working with different studies, Dr. Marvi Mahesar, shares her particular experience of working with colleagues from the VITALITY trial.

"I’m a physician from Pakistan, currently enrolled in the MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). I have come out to Harare for my MSc project, which is a secondary analysis of data from two studies conducted by THRU ZIM, VITALITY and IMVASK. The study aims to analyze data from these two cohorts, to investigate risk factors associated with fractures amongst adolescents living with HIV.

My trip to Harare has been amazing! The entire team at THRU ZIM has been incredibly welcoming and very supportive of my project. I have also been on numerous field visits to Harare Central Hospital and nearby clinics, to observe data collection in real time for various studies including VITALITY, which has been a great learning experience. I couldn’t have hoped for a better team and a better place for my MSc project. I’m very grateful to both THRU ZIM and LSHTM for this incredible opportunity."

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