Matthew Dekenah, our own ambassadorial scholar in Scotland, visited us at our final meeting of 2012 and entertained us with his exploits during the year.
Matt is a Wynberg Rotaractor who has spent the last year in Scotland as an Ambassadorial Student studying for his Master of Science degree in Global Health and Public Policy from the highly prestigious University of Edinburgh. In it he examines the motivation for and challenges associated with the very topical integration of HIV and TB services in South Africa. Matt has landed a position with the NHI in Scotland and will be staying in Scotland for the next couple of years before returning to SA. Matt has been an excellent Ambassador fulfilling all the expectations of this scholarship and more.
Matt has immersed himself in Scottish culture and history, sporting his very own kilt and a passion for ceilidh dancing. He has eaten haggis, drank whiskey, saw Scotland (and parts of England and continental Europe), sang in the Edinburgh University Singers and at a Burns Supper, held down a part-time job, advocated with the National StopAIDS Campaign, ran 3 half marathons for charity, fundraised with Rotary and Rotaract, obtained his Master’s degree, spoke to a variety of audiences, and fulfilled a long-standing dream!