The Intervention is a podcast, hosted by MSc Public Health student Mahan Sadjadi, that explores stories in health and healthcare around the world. Its central idea is to create a platform to tell personal stories, spark discussion and inspire creativity around issues in public health.
There will be different recurring series within the podcast. The format the podcast started with, “How I Got Here”, explores the stories of LSHTM students. Future episodes will also feature interviews with LSHTM faculty and researchers as well as external guests who discuss their own stories and issues they are passionate about.
In this first episode of The Intervention, we explore the stories of Dr. Catalina Ocampo from Colombia and Dr. Jehangir Sheriff from Tanzania, who are both medical doctors and currently study the MSc Public Health at LSHTM.
We start with Catalina. She talks about growing up in difficult times, how her path was influenced by a social service year after medical school, and about how being confronted with issues around healthcare and patient autonomy expanded her interest beyond medicine and informed her choice of getting into public health. Jehangir, who is the second guest in this episode, talks about the role his father played in his life, how being confronted with differences in health equity informed his choices, and how frustrations and a feeling of helplessness almost drove him to quit medicine before a few key realizations led to a new perspective on health and his career.
Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals dedicate their careers to caring for the health of others – sometimes at the cost of their own health and wellbeing. In this episode of The Intervention, Dr. Talha Khalid from Pakistan tells the story of how his personal path and experiences led him to get into public health. Based on his story, we explore how mental health affects the lives and careers of healthcare professionals and discuss ways to promote progress in this important area.
In this Episode of The Intervention, we speak with Eshitha Vaz about how her personal story led her to get into public health. A writer at heart, her decision was influenced by her passion for both, science and the humanities. On the basis of this, we speak more about how artistic approaches can complement science, and about the role they can play in public health.
Mahan’s guest in this episode of the Intervention is Dr. Cavia Zagita Trufani who is a medical doctor from Indonesia. They speak about public health work she did while she was a medical student, the difficulties she faced in the various settings she worked in, and about how her experiences ultimately led her to pursue a degree in public health.
“All universities around the world, they produce the smartest diagnosticians out there, but we need socially accountable doctors who are able to address their communities’ needs, who are able to address health as a human right.” (Dr. Batool Al-Wahdani)
In the last episode of the podcast, Dr. Cavia Zagita Trufani told the story of how working with the Indonesian Chapter of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations, IFMSA, sparked her interest in public health. In this episode, we speak with Dr. Batool Al-Wahdani. a medical doctor from Jordan, who is the past president of IFMSA. She talks about how she got involved with the organization and about what IFMSA is and what it does. She describes concisely how working with IFMSA has influenced her life and career, and about why being involved matters, at every level.