Thierry Claudien Uhawenimana

PhD student

Biography

Thierry is a PhD student in the Mother and Infant Research Unit, University of Dundee and is an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Rwanda College of Medicine and Health Sciences. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts with Education (Honours). Thierry had worked at University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health Sciences as a Public Relations and Communications Officer for six years. Being exposed to biomedical and health sciences information, Thierry was inspired to pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Health Leadership (Save the Mothers) at Uganda Christian University between 2012 and 2014.

He has occasionally participated in the development of health messages that aimed to raise Rwandans’ awareness about reproductive health, family planning, safe motherhood, hygiene, and malaria prevention through edutainment serial radio drama.

Thierry’s PhD focuses on fathers’ attendance at labour and/or birth in the context of Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs), particularly in Rwanda. The current project seeks to investigate the acceptability and feasibility of encouraging fathers’ attendance at labour and/or birth in Rwandan health facilities. The project is applying a questionnaire survey to assess the current practice, service level factors, and maternity staff attitudes about fathers’ attendance at labour and/or birth when it is the woman’s choice.

Wider professional activities

Associate Editor: Joanna Briggs Institute Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports since August 2018

Abstract Reviewer: First Global Evidence Summit 13-16 September 2017, Cape Town, South Africa

Peer reviewer: Joanna Briggs Institute Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports 2016-July 2018

Steering Committee Member: Public Relations, Communication, and Marketing Network of the Association of the Commonwealth Universities 2011-2013