My name is Fatma Ameir Hassan. I was born on 28/07/1988 as the daughter of Safia and Ameir Hassan. I have 2 brothers and 3 sisters, and I grew up in Jambiani village at the east coast of Unguja Island in Zanzibar.

With the support of Child Development Fund (CDF) I was studying Medical Laboratory Science at the College of Health Science Mbweni Zanzibar from September 2011 to September 2014. The yearly support of 1,000 Euro included the total coverage of inscription, tuition and examination fees, the costs of field studies, regular book allowances and the major part of accommodation costs.

The modules of my study were: Diagnostic Pathology, Laboratory Diagnostic Cytology, Preparation of Laboratory Stains and Solution, Laboratory Reagents and Culture Media Preparation, Preparation of Laboratory Biological Product, and Laboratory Quality System Management. Diagnostic Pathology contained seven Modules which are the basic of laboratory work: Hematology, Parasitology, Microbiology, Entomology, Histology, Chemistry, Blood transfusion. Laboratory Diagnostic Cytology is a single module but contains some topics of Histology.

Each module had a Continuous Assessment (60%) and Semester Exams (20%) which then were added with Field Studies (20%) to get the single mark for the respective module. The last semester examinations started on July 2014 and took three weeks to complete. Now, I am very happy to have passed the Diploma with good results. Below you find some pictures from the Diploma ceremony.

After successfully finishing my studies I want to work as a Laboratory Technician officer in Jambiani Health Unit to perform laboratory investigations in Parasitology, Hematology, Bacteriology, Serology, Blood Transfusion, Clinical Chemistry and Histopathology, collection of blood from patients and proper preservation of specimens, laboratory investigations and procedures. I will also be responsible to ensure the laboratory is well kept and that the equipment and reagents are in good working order. I hope my work will benefit myself for getting knowledge and skill of health laboratory science, and my family because I’m the one who has knowledge of health so they get services very fast and easy. Finally, the people of Jambiani and other areas also will benefit from the health services I will provide.

Apart from my profession, I am interested in participating in the Zanzibar Malaria Control Program and in listening Radio about Islamic topics. My role model is Mselem Bin Ally. He is an Islamic leader and a person who is an example for me because of his awareness and respect for each other, and because he is always saying the truth.

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My special thanks go to Allah, my parents and family, my sponsors Mr. Guenther Schmid and Ms. Barbara Schmid-Heidenhain, Mama Janie from ZAP, Dr. Hamza and Mr. Vuai, to all my teachers of the College of Health Sciences Zanzibar, and – last but not least – to all people enabling me to successfully finish my studies.