School of Population Health

Student Profile

Amit Saha
PhD - Improved intervention strategies with oral cholera vaccine in an endemic setting
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Previous Education : 
MBBS, MMed (Master of medicine)

I decided to enrol in a research degree at UNSW as I have been working in the field of public health for quite a long time and I wanted to continue working in public health research. I felt it was time to expand my skills and I was inspired by the quality of the curriculum.

Summary of research project

Cholera is an ancient disease and is endemic in many low and middle income countries in Africa and Asia including Bangladesh. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) cholera is endemic in more than 50 countries causing 3 to 5 million cases of diarrhoea and over 100,000 to 120,000 deaths annually. Use of oral cholera vaccines (OCVs) along with safe water and sanitation as a public health tool to prevent and control the spread of the disease. Strategies for improving OCV efficacy and uptake are among the key research priorities to improve cholera control. My research project was aimed to determine the immunogenicity of cholera vaccine in elevated temperature, the usefulness of GIS tools in vaccine trial for improving vaccine coverage and to identify socio-economic factors, affecting the effectiveness of oral vaccine in highly mobile population.

Enjoyed the most about your research program

The things I have enjoyed most about the program was the academic atmosphere and meeting with students from all around the world, learning about their cultures and the health-related problems they have encountered. I have also made some good friends.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the time and would like to express my sincere gratitude to all my supervisors and administrative staff for their full support.

Message to newly commencing students

This is the beginning of a new chapter of life with lots of dreams. Be involved in your work and try to utilise your time so you can make consistent progress with your research work. You should not be over stressed rather enjoy the time. Meet with your supervisor frequently and discuss any issues. They can guide you and can assist with additional training or support if it is required. You can also benefit from evidence based interactive theory classes as well as available online materials.

How your degree will assist in your career

Having a PhD provides a good platform for a research career. I am happy to have published four peer reviewed papers during my PhD and to finish my course on time. During my degree I was involved in some research projects which provided an opportunity to interact with researchers with expertise in public health from around the world, which will help me to develop partnerships in the future. After completion of the degree, I have joined as a lecturer at the Kirby institute, UNSW which is a great opening for me.