Emerging Leaders - Dr Ana Charles

5 May 2015

The last time Dr Ana Charles (Master of Public Health ’05) was in Brisbane, it was to receive UQ’s International Alumnus of the Year 2013 award for her achievements helping to tackle her country’s health challenges. Now back home in Mozambique, Charles is leading a new generation of Mozambicans toward a healthier future.

As Provincial Coordinator of the Ariel Foundation, Charles is working to prevent paediatric HIV and AIDS.

Her success stems from a passion for better public health, alongside her academic qualifications. Charles completed her Master of Public Health in 2005.

“My career in public health began in 2000 during the Mozambique flood, when I was Maputo Province Medical Chief Officer,” Charles said.

“The province was devastated. After the flood, I took a course in disaster management with AusAID, led by a unit from Australia. I was then given an opportunity to study in Australia and decided on Queensland as the weather looked similar to Mozambique.

“My time at UQ was the most memorable in my life. My classmates, teachers, the AusAID staff were all very kind and supportive. I learned a lot and also had great fun.

Professor Peter O’Rourke, my Masters co-supervisor, has been one of the most supportive people during and beyond my academic life. I remember how kind he was when my dad passed.”

Since returning to Mozambique, Charles’s contribution to the development of healthrelated services for young people has had