My name is Nadytia Kusumadjayanti and my friends usually call me Nady. My background is in medicine, and I graduated from Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia. I am a student of the Global Health and Management programme at the University of Aberdeen. In the second semester, we could choose an optional course called Work-Based Placement with a Health and Development Sector Organisation, which would give us an opportunity to work with one particular organisation and to learn about management skills with them as well. For this course, we are required to complete a project with a set topic, and my topic is Antimicrobial Stewardship in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs), which has been given by The Soapbox Collaborative.
I am glad that I have the opportunity to work with Soapbox. I have seen their website and I am very excited to be a part of the team. As we know, antimicrobial resistance has become one of the major health problems in the world, especially in LMICs. That is why the antimicrobial stewardship programme is important. I am familiar with this topic in general, because of my previous work, as a general practitioner in Cirebon District, West Java, Indonesia.
My Soapbox supervisors, Ms Emma Morrison, and I have had discussions about my topic. We have also discussed the project with my University supervisor, Dr Heather May Morgan. I hope everything will go well and my report of this topic could be useful for Soapbox.
I have a wonderful time working with Soapbox so far. My friends and I have a room for three of us (we have our own desks as well!) and it is comfortable, and the environment of the office is very cosy. We also join in the management meeting to know about their monthly agendas. It is interesting to learn how the organization works. The staff of Soapbox are friendly and helpful. Experiencing being a part of an NGO is one of my biggest dreams and I am very content to experience this with Soapbox.
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