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Munyaradzi Chimwara

University of Zimbabwe-University of California San Francisco Collaboration (UZ-UCSF) - 2010 Fellow

Munyaradzi is a media practitioner with close to 7 years electronic and publications production experience. He got involved in microbicides in 2005 whilst producing a radio show on HIV/AIDS, subsequently attending Microbicides 2006 in Cape Town, South Africa. During the conference Munyaradzi noted and appreciated the role that advocacy and advocates play in microbicides trials. After having the opportunity to attend a Track D session: “Beyond Involvement: Civil Society’s role in making ethical progress towards a microbicide,” conducted by the late Omololu Falobi, Nigeria HIV Vaccine and Microbicides Advocacy Group, Munyaradzi felt he was challenged to do something about the lack of advocacy initiatives in the Zimbabwe microbicides research landscape.

Fellowship Focus: Munyaradzi’s project mainly addressed how the media reports on and is engaged in HIV prevention trials in Zimbabwe. It identified needs and opportunities to improve the media’s ongoing balanced, accurate, consistent and reliable reporting on HIV prevention trials in Zimbabwe. The project engaged the Zimbabwean media in the coverage of ongoing microbicides clinical trials in Zimbabwe. Training and resources were provided to journalists, editors and community advisory board members.

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