I had worked for nine years in Northern/Eastern Sri Lanka during the intensive conflict period with the internally displaced population in the north, and Tsunami-affected population in the North/East of the country. Initially, I was working for a local NGO in the central part of Sri Lanka then I moved to the north and worked for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). After this appointment I became the head of another local NGO,SHADE, which was created to give psychosocial support to the internally displaced population. Working with people including those in the conflict and post-conflict situations made me realise that this type of role would satisfy my desire to help people.

I wanted to enroll on a full time course in order to quickly progress my career and was fortunate to obtain a partial scholarship from QMU. As the humanitarian field has always been of interest to me I applied for the MSc Social Development and Health at QMU. I made the right decision in choosing this course as it is very much relevant to my career. I really appreciated the support and the motivation extended to me by the lecturers during the course of my study. Since I was taking a full-time course I was able to manage the workload better and did not have to balance between employment and study. I am grateful to QMU and the lecturers for their constant support and patience with me during the course.

"As the humanitarian field has always been of interest to me I applied for the MSc Social Development and Health at QMU. I made the right decision in choosing this course as it is very much relevant to my career. I really appreciated the support and the motivation extended to me by the lecturers during the course of my study."
Abdul Manaf

Immediately after successfully completing the course I joined the MSF Holland and started to work for one of its largest comprehensive TB care projects in Uzbekistan. Many aspects of the course proved to be immensely relevant and useful in my work. After the project in Uzbekistan I worked for a year in Dhaka, Bangladesh on an environmental health and sexual gender based violence project. Currently I am working for a HIV project in Uzbekistan.

Overall studying the masters degree in Social Development and Health gave me a greater understanding of humanitarian issues and social problems. It helped me recognise the possible solutions and impacts that these have on people and society at large while allowing me to obtain the skills required to be successful in my chosen carrier path.

Undertaking the course at QMU was a very positive experience in a very different environment to which I was accustomed. I enjoyed the study and am very grateful to all the lecturers for guiding me to successfully completing the course. I now have the desire to pursue for a PhD if circumstances in the future allow me to do so.

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