Natasha advocates for HIV and SARS COV-2 prevention for all as part of her work with non-governmental organizations in Zambia. She is committed to using her knowledge and skills to help adolescent girls and young women access the information and resources they need to prevent HIV infection. She received a BA in Economics/Marketing/Psychology and a MSc in Analytical Epidemiology. She is pursuing a PhD in Infectious Diseases.
In Their Own Words
My project has been focused on advocacy for the introduction of the Dapivirine Vaginal Ring (DVR) and Cabotegravir Injectable for PrEP. My primary objective has been to enhance awareness among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW). Through structured training sessions, I have engaged AGYW and key stakeholders, leading to the identification of 15 impactful HIV prevention champions who have been instrumental in disseminating critical information on DVR and injectable PrEP within their respective communities. In addition to this, I have actively participated in resource mobilization activities such as the PEPFAR COP23 process and Global Fund process, representing the priorities of young people. Furthermore, I have conducted surveys that provide valuable insights into the HIV prevention preferences of AGYW, significantly informing policy considerations. As Zambia prepares for the introduction of injectable PrEP in October 2023, I am actively involved in the development of guidelines and the facilitation of community preparedness.
- Tackling HIV Among Adolescents, Times of Zambia
- Tik Tok Videos: 1, 2, 3
- Reducing HIV Infection Among Women Mwila’s Target, Zambia Daily Mail
- Guest on ZNBC Today, appearance begins at 38 minute mark
- New HIV Prevention Options: What will Zambia choose?, Zambia Daily Mail
- Zambian Women Demand Dapivirine Ring, Sunday Times of Zambia
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