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I grew up in a tight-knit and somewhat conservative community in the beautiful sunny city of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Early in life, I recall a real sense of lacking the ability or belief that expressing some of the painful life challenges faced as a young woman, might lead to meaningful help. I also began to experience grief from the loss of family and loved ones to AIDS-related illness. Together, these formative life experiences have shaped concerns for health, equity and the change that can be driven by the voices of typically marginalised/silenced people and groups.
My experience of growing up in Zimbabwe, together with my professional practice in its community development sector, strengthens NZAF’s diversity of voices.
In New Zealand, I have worked with various organisations in the sectors of mental health, addiction and disability; refugee and migrant well-being; HIV and AIDS, mostly in a research capacity. I hold a doctorate in public health, currently work in the health sector and continue to seek knowledge to consolidate my professional practice.
I passionately believe that, in pursuing NZAF’s mission statement and embodying our values, the vision of an Aotearoa with zero HIV transmission where people living with or affected by HIV flourish can be attained.