Dr. Soter Ameh
The 14th World Congress on Public Health (WCPH) in Kolkata, India, themed “Healthy People, Health Environment”, brought together many researchers from a variety of public health disciplines. Participating in the conference was a wonderful opportunity for me to share with the international public health community the preliminary findings of my doctoral research that investigates the effectiveness of the integrated chronic disease management (ICDM) model in improving the quality of care and health outcomes of chronic disease patients receiving care in primary health care (PHC) facilities in South Africa.
The conference also gave me the leverage to update myself with public health research conducted in different parts of the world and to engage in robust discourse on the current public health challenges that need to be tackled through evidence based research. I anticipate that the key lessons learned during the conference will enable me carve a niche for myself in building my career as a Public Health practitioner.
I acknowledge the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Financial and Aid offices of the University of the Witwatersrand, as well as the Fogarty International Centre of the National Institutes of Health, USA, for the financial support to attend the conference.
Going forward, I am already getting warmed up with preparations to attend the 15th WCPH summit that will take place in Australia in 2017.