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Josephine Kamarebe

Health Development Initiative (HDI) - 2013 Fellow

Josephine holds a Clinical Medicine and Community Health degree from Kampala International University. She has extensive experience of working with marginalized groups such as LGBTIs, sex workers and others. In college, she was a member of the HIV Students’ Club that provided community testing and education and condoms. She is passionate about health and human rights especially for vulnerable groups. As a program officer at HDI, Josephine has been in charge of advocacy and policy monitoring. She’s been involved in various advocacy campaigns such as decriminalization of LGBTIs and sex workers, decriminalization of abortion and she also advocated for health and development issues for a community of potters. She currently coordinates the SHARE project which aims at empowering youths with the knowledge about sexual and reproductive health.

Fellowship Focus: In her project, Josephine wanted to create a favorable environment for the roll out of PrEP in Rwanda among the most at risk populations such as sex workers and gay men and other MSM. She worked with policy makers to include PrEP in the national guidelines. She built a civil society coalition through which demands to policy makers and other key stakeholders were made.

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