My name is Fadzai Macyln Taderera, and I am from Zimbabwe. I have a background in development studies and project management, monitoring and evaluation. After graduating from college, I volunteered as a peer educator in one of Zimbabwe’s remote villages, and that’s when my passion for SRH (Sexual Reproductive Health) and HIV/AIDS was born.
Challenges in a Low-Income Country
Zimbabwe is a low-income country which is heavily burdened by HIV/AIDS, and its prevalence rate is the fifth highest in the World. Working in the health sector, I have discovered that young women and adolescents have the highest prevalence rate and have the least information and access to SRH services; hence, they will continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS.
Advocating for Equity and Impact
Armed with a Master in International Health, I believe I will be better equipped to lobby and advocate for the Zimbabwean government and develop adequate responses to HIV/AIDS.
My aim is to address social, economic, political, and policy barriers impacting health delivery.Fadzai Macyln Taderera
I will actively raise awareness and push for legislation creating safer spaces for young women and adolescents, increasing their access to reproductive healthcare services.