Alice Johnson and Yoon Young Cho
Alice Johnson and Yoon Young Cho

Two postgraduate Masters students from Sheffield University are preparing to travel to Sierra Leone in a few weeks to carry out research projects at the University of Makeni (UNIMAK). Alice Johnson and Yoon Young Cho are both studying Public Health and International Development in Sheffield University’s Geography Department.

Alice and Yoon chose to apply for a placement at the University of Makeni because it offers the chance to be involved in the university’s work on Ebola. For their Masters dissertations they will be researching the survivors’ physical health status and the social and community impacts of the disease.

Trustees of a local Sheffield based charity, Makeni Trust Fund, acted as intermediary with the University of Makeni, leading to an agreement for UNIMAK to host the placement of students studying for the Masters in International Development at the University of Sheffield. Alice and Yoon follow in the footsteps of Jessica Jones and Jonathan Griffiths, who enjoyed placements at UNIMAK in 2014, before the outbreak of Ebola.

While at Makeni University Alice and Yoon will help teach epidemiology to UNIMAK’s Public Health students, with a special focus on how to use software like EpiData, Epi-infos, SPSS….

We wish them a very successful placement.