Hai Sue Kang has a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from University of Otago.
Her Master of Medical Science focuses on socioeconomic risk factors for childhood pneumonia in Basse, rural The Gambia, where she led a 700-participant case-control study investigating the impact of both traditional and lesser-known socioeconomic, cultural, and access to care factors on children’s (aged 2-59 months) risk of pneumonia. As part of the Socioeconomic Risk Factors for Childhood Pneumonia (SERF) project, Hai Sue also completed a series of semi-structured interviews with a subset of the participants to explore the mechanisms by which these factors may act. Through providing a better understanding of the upstream risk factors of childhood pneumonia, the SERF project seeks to influence community interventions and government policies to help reduce the burden of childhood pneumonia.
She is supervised by Professor Philip Hill, Centre for International Health, Associate Professor John Dockerty, Preventive and Social Medicine, and Dr Grant Mackenzie, Medical Research Council, UK-The Gambia.
Hai Sue has also worked as a resident doctor in both New Zealand and Australia, and volunteers with various NGOs to further her passion in global health.