Ms Mwansa Njelesani
BA MA DrPH Candidate
Research Degree Student
I am a DrPH student in the Department of Global Health and Development. My research aims to analyse the experience of adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) who have different perceptions of their own HIV risk and agency and how this impacts their uptake and adherence to PreExposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in Zambia.
I have over fifteen years of experience working in sexual reproductive health and HIV in Eastern and Southern Africa. I have worked for or conducted research for UNAIDS, UNDP, and UNFPA and managed a nine-country programme for the UNESCO ESA regional HIV team. I am a director with a Zambian NGO, where I lead the organisation's behavioural interventions portfolio of work. I also lead JSI- USAID DISCOVER-Health's work on risk communication and community engagement in the national COVID-19 response. I was recognised as one of 25 emerging or mature leaders in the field of HIV and AIDS prevention by UNAIDS & UNDP through the St. George's House Windsor Castle Leadership Initiative on HIV/AIDS.