Thierry Uhawenimana


Thierry is a PhD student based in the Mother and Infant Research Unit, School of Nursing and Health, University of Dundee. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arts with Education. He had worked at the former Kigali Health Institute which later became the University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health Sciences as a Public Relations and Communications Officer for six years. Being exposed to medicine and health sciences rhetoric, he was inspired to shift from arts and undertook a Masters’ degree in Public Health Leadership in maternal and child health. From 1st May 2015, Thierry was shifted from the administration wing to the academic wing and he joined the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health Sciences as an Assistant Lecturer.

He has occasionally participated in the development of health messages that aimed to raise people’s knowledge in reproductive health, sexuality, family planning, hygiene promotion, and malaria promotion. Thierry has skills in applying various artistic work; mainly edutainment drama to health education.

Thierry’s PhD project is on men’ involvement maternal and child health; more specifically, their participation in the birth process. The project consists of systematic reviews on the factors influencing whether or not fathers from low and middle income countries attend labour and delivery of their partners for the first and subsequent births. These reviews will highlight gaps that need further evidence and these will be covered by conducting an empirical study.

Thierry’s other research interests include safe motherhood, health promotion in maternal and child health, behaviour change communication, and the use of art in health education.