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John Radcliffe Hospital, Level 5, Headley Way, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9DU


October 2021


The intergenerational impact of maternal breast and cervical cancer on school-aged children in South Africa


Professor Kokila LakhooProfessor Ashok Handa and Professor Salome Maswime 

Amy Paterson


DPhil student

Amy is a medical doctor from South Africa. After completing her undergraduate training at the University of Cape Town, she returned to her home province of KwaZulu-Natal to work as a junior doctor for three years, spending the last nine months running a rural district hospital’s neonatal unit. Outside of her clinical work, Amy has spent two years as a research fellow under the supervision of Professor Salome Maswime in the University of Cape Town’s Global Surgery Division, completing an MSc focused on surgical outcomes for women in Africa. Amy is passionate about improving women’s and children’s health in low- and middle-income countries and the ways in which these often siloed disciplines interact.

Research summary

Amy is currently a first-year DPhil student within the Oxford University Global Surgery Group supervised by Professor Kokila Lakhoo and co-supervised by Professor Ashok Handa and Professor Salome Maswime. Her research focuses on the impact of a surgically-preventable death or disability of a mother on surviving children’s health and nutrition in South Africa. Amy’s studies in Oxford are supported by a Rhodes Scholarship.

Amy is currently seeking funding for this field work.