Simon K’Ondiek

Nyanza Reproductive Health Society (NRHS) - 2011 Fellow - 2011

Simon is a public health educator/advocate with considerable experience in health research, advocacy and community engagement in both domestic and international settings. He is a researcher and community organizer with a strong focus on improving the quality of life through health communication and cooperation with key populations and local communities. His current work in implementation science seeks to ensure that affected communities are actively engaged in and inform HIV prevention research.

Fellowship Focus
Simon documented issues/challenges arising in VMMC rollout in Nyanza Province in Kenya through a photography documentary focused on addressing knowledge, attitudes and gaps in scale-up efforts. Simon worked with community members to take photos and conduct interviews with others. He built an advocacy task force to work within Nyanza to monitor the rollout of VMMC in Nyanza district.

In Their Own Words
There’s a need for woman-controlled methods for HIV prevention, specifically for adolescent girls and young women and key populations to lower and eventually eliminate new HIV infections. We must all do everything we can to ensure that those interventions are developed and that they are put in the hands of those who need them the most.

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