East African Research in Progress 2019
As young researchers, capacity building is not only key to improving performance but also crucial for career progression. In this regard, we (Deborah Kimaro and Happyness Shayo) attended the 3rd East African Research in Progress meeting (EARIP) at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, in Moshi (Tanzania) on 26- 28 September 2019. This event was organised by the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH).
At this meeting, I (Deborah) was honoured to share the preliminary results of our study: “Using the 3-delays framework to prevent stillbirth: a mixed-methods study in Tanzania and Zambia”. This strengthened my presentation skills and built my confidence in replying to constructive feedback received from the audience.
The conference offered to us the opportunity to network with young professionals from different countries, to share experiences on the challenges faced as early career researchers and how to overcome them. One-to-one sessions with mentors were important in providing advice regarding personal career progression.
Participating to this event was beneficial both at personal and professional levels. It strengthened our confidence to present and attend a conference, and enriched our understanding of the current global health challenges including studies conducted in other countries which can be replicated in our setting. Ultimately it helped us networking with early career researchers and various experts in global health.
Deborah Kimaro and Happyness Shayo,
Research Assistants in Tanzania.