It is almost a decade since my graduation. Since then, I have had an opportunity to work as a medical doctor, and a public health professional in my home country, Kenya supporting refugees from Somalia, then later took international roles in Darfur, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda amongst many other locations in the Middle East, Asia, eastern and southern Africa.
Amongst my interesting missions was serving in Syria in 2018. The formerly moderately resourced country was not prepared for the emergency. While working for a UN agency to support the rights of women, men, boys and girls to reproductive health services, I was able to initiate the minimum initial service package, which includes continuity of family planning, care for HIV, care for post-rape victims, and to a conservative community. The life skills achieved during my studies at the University of Eastern Finland were put into real practice.