Why did you choose Nigeria and this topic?
I chose Nigeria because there has been an interesting evolution in their vaccine distribution system. I chose this topic, specifically related to COVID-19, because while we are seeing how vaccine distribution is occurring unevenly within our own country, we are also seeing the disparities in other countries, specifically Sub-Saharan Africa.
What was the main focus of this study?
I focused on the vaccine supply-chain structure and analyzing how different interventions can impact success rates. I also worked to understand appropriate ways to go into a lower- or middle-income country and try to help in communities that are different from our own. A large part of our focus is on the ethics behind interventions and making sure there is research-based community involvement in the process, because it would be a disservice to try to make changes that we think would help but aren’t actually beneficial. It’s about how to truly create better outcomes.