03 Dec HANNAH SIMBA – STEM CELL LEADER, SOUTH AFRICA
My name is Hannah Simba, I am 23 years old and currently studying at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa. I am Zimbabwean by birth and come from a family of two. Both my parents are civil servants and my younger brother just finished his high school education. I am currently studying Bio-medical Science. I chose this course because I want to be a medical research scientist. My goal is to get involved in doing medical research for the neglected tropical diseases here in Africa with the aim of finding the mechanisms of these diseases and designing drug treatments (locally) that are also financially attainable to the less economically fortunate population. My passion goes beyond just being a research scientist as I also feel I have an obligation to give back to the community. One of the main problems pertaining health in Sub Saharan Africa is the lack of diagnostic laboratories in rural communities. This has major implications because diagnosis is essential in the prevention and treatment of diseases and hence people die from causes that could and should have been prevented. I aim therefore to start at least one diagnostic laboratory in a remote rural area in the course of my career. This is something order provigil online that is really close to my heart.
When I was chosen to become a WAAW STEM fellow, I was very excited. This gave me a platform to be able to bring change, inspire, educate and empower girls in my community that would have otherwise not gotten that opportunity. The WAAW STEM program has greatly impacted me because it has opened my eyes to the looming challenges faced by girls in my community and has allowed me to do something about it. It has created an opportunity for me to become a leader, to network with principals and leaders in the education system and learn a great deal from them. The WAAW STEM Program has also allowed me on top of other things to pass on my classroom knowledge of healthcare and disease prevention to the young girls. The whole experience has ultimately made me realize my passion in female education and empowerment, and the role that I have to play.
It has truly been an awesome experience being a STEM Cell leader and I’m grateful to WAAW Foundation for giving me such a huge opportunity to reach out to high school students in my community.
To become a part of WAAW Foundation STEM Cell Program, kindly visit https://www.waawfoundation.org/stem-outreach/