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UCL student Anna Rose has been awarded the Tony Jackson Memorial Prize for 2011
6 March 2012
UCL student Anna Rose (UCL Medical School), who also briefly studied at the Genetics Instute for MSc in Genetics of Human Disease, has been awarded the Tony Jackson Memorial Prize for 2011 for her work with HIV positive children in Zambia.
Anna was selected for her work in Zambia with local
healthcare providers, communities and children affected with HIV. Her
work was carried out in partnership with the Rainbow Trust Africa, a
charity that she has been involved with for a number of years. The Tony
Jackson Memorial Prize is awarded by The Royal College of Paediatrics
and Child Health to encourage medical students and junior doctors to
take up a career in paediatrics.
The prize was awarded based on an essay submission and a personal reflection on the experience. Her essay looked at the situation of malnutrition in HIV positive children.
Anna explained: “I have been working with Rainbow Trust Africa for a number of years and have made frequent visits to Zambia as a result. The charity has a centre in Livingstone containing a school and a medical centre. They also run medical outreach clinics along with other projects.
“I spent three months in Livingstone, researching mortality
in children in the region. This involved working with the local
hospital and other healthcare providers to access records and collate
data on deaths, length of hospital stays and, where possible, the HIV
status of the children. I also got to visit lots of children’s homes to
meet orphaned and HIV positive children, as well as visiting families in
the slums. The experience was extremely emotionally challenging,
particularly seeing the deaths of very young children – the vast
majority of which would be treatable in the developed world.”
Anna will be officially presented with her award at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health conference on 22 May 2012.
Image: Anna Rose with local children in Livingstone, Zambia. Related links:
The Tony Jackson Memorial Prize
Rainbow Trust Africa
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