This week our alumni spotlight is on Dr Fábio Luiz Vieira, who studied a short course in Health Economics at the School in 2009. Fábio is now the Director of VZ Associados Health Consulting in São Paulo, Brazil. He has also recently become the coordinator for the Sao Paulo Alumni Chapter – our first alumni chapter in Brazil.
Why the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine? The well-established traditional reputation of teaching and research of Public Health influenced my choice to study at the School.
My experiences of studying were very enjoyable and I feel that they have had a huge impact both educationally and personally. This was due in part to the experiences of collaborating with students from diverse multicultural backgrounds. I feel that this has also had a positive and profound impact on my education and studies and enabled me to help establish many different projects.
My studies gave me a comprehensive view of health challenges in diverse international scenarios. The School’s rational and scientific approach to dealing with health management was also something that directly influenced me.
Tell us about your career since graduating. Since my experience at the School, I have been working in Brazil and Africa and specifically in Angola, which has partnerships projects with Brazilian health institutions. During this period, we implemented projects involving community health workers – this peaked to 650 professionals within three different states within that country. I have also been involved for the last three years in a project implementing professional short training and data management from the public pre-hospital system.
Another action I have been involved in is a project initiative in Brazil for training medical doctors from Angola, with 40 doctors specialising in 12 medical areas who then return to their countries after graduation in order to improve medical assistance within their country. In all of these projects, we have been aiming for cost-effective approaches for each particular situation, and this was directly influenced by my time at the School studying Health Economics.
What advice would you give to current and future students of the School? My advice would be to participate in all possible extra activities, lectures, groups of special interests, promoted by the School and to exchange experiences with other students from different countries. It really is highly beneficial overall and will lead to rich and positively rewarding life experiences.