Soter Ameh (Nigeria; PhD student Aug 2011 – Dec 2015)


I am a community/public health physician with a special interest in health systems research at the primary level of health care. My aspiration is to conduct evidence-based research to inform global policy frameworks aimed at reducing the impact of the double burden of chronic communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Before joining the NCD Training program, I obtained my Fellowship certificates in Community and Public Health and worked at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital as a Community/Public Health Physician. My doctoral research interest is in Health Systems Research with particular focus on evaluating the Integrated Chronic Disease Management (ICDM) model used for chronic disease care in primary health care facilities in a rural South African setting. I also have research interests in malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.The aim of my doctoral research is to evaluate the integrated chronic disease management model in rural primary health care facilities in a rural South African setting. Being a recipient of multiple research grant awards (within and outside Wits University) to conduct my doctoral research has been my major achievement. Other achievements include: oral presentation of a paper at the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) Conference at Cape Town in 2013, best poster (Education, Policy and Systems - student category) at the Faculty of Health Sciences Research Day, University of the Witwatersrand in 2014, acceptance of the abstract of one of my doctoral papers for poster presentation at the 14th World Congress on Public Health in Kolkata, India, building a network of research collaborators and publishing articles in peer reviewed journal. 

I am currently a PhD student on the NCD Training Programme. My research is titled “Chronic disease care in primary health care facilities in a rural South African setting”. The programme has provided me with funding and other opportunities necessary for me to conduct my doctoral research under supervision and to publish my doctoral-related articles in peer reviewed journals.