Mathias Lalika is a first-year MPH student in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. He received his medical degree summa cum laude from the Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina in Havana, Cuba. During his medical training, he worked as a Research Assistant, where he conducted original research on cervical intraepithelial neoplasia and cervical cancer, did several literature reviews, and presented his research works in regional and national conferences. Prior to returning to his home country of Tanzania, Mathias completed his medical internship at the Arnaldo Milián Castro University Hospital in Villa Clara, Cuba. He is currently serving as a Regional Coordinator for the Pan African Health Alliance (PAHA), an organization he helped found as a medical student—which has grown to include members throughout Africa. His interests include infectious diseases, chronic diseases, improving maternal and child health outcomes, and addressing health disparities.