Florence A. Dery

MSc Health Promotion Studies, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University

I am an international student from Ghana. I graduated with BA Honours degree in Geography and Resource Development from the University of Ghana. I am currently an Msc student in the Department of Health Promotion at Queen’s University under the supervision of Dr. Elijah Bissung.

Over the years I developed a growing interest in issues related to access to water and sanitation and how that impacts health and wellbeing. This motivated me to pursue an MSc in Health Promotion with a research focus on access to water, sanitation and hygiene, women empowerment, and health outcomes in low income countries. The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation by the year 2030. Specifically, the agenda commits to paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations. Achieving these targets however necessitates adequate understanding of the health and social impacts of access to water, sanitation and hygiene as well as evidenced based empowerment strategies. My study seeks to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and policy on water, sanitation and health (WASH) as well as empowerment in low income countries.  My research interest includes water, sanitation, health intervention research and global health.

When I am not studying, I enjoy volunteering, cooking, dancing and spending time with family.

Contact: 17fad@queensu.ca