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Ntokozo Zakwe

Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) - 2019 Fellow

Ntokozo is a 27 year-old HIV prevention and women’s health rights advocate. Her passion for advocacy for women’s well-being was intensified by her personal experiences as a young woman in South Africa who has struggled to stay HIV-negative. She has withstood all the challenges and factors that leave women vulnerable to HIV and it motivated her to do something. In 2016 she was selected as a Johnson & Johnson Fellow to attend the Global Citizen Festival and in 2018 she was again selected to attend the Devex World conference. She worked for the NGO Health Systems Trust, serving as a District Administrator in their DREAMS programme and is a chairperson of the UMgungundlovu District AIDS Council Youth Sector.

Why I Want to Advocate for HIV Prevention in 2019
South Africa is one of the countries leading in new HIV infections and that calls for more innovative focus on HIV prevention. We are losing the fight against HIV and will not be able to end AIDS by 2030 if we fail to disrupt the cycle of transmission. I have always believed in advocating and fighting for the vulnerable populations and this fellowship will help me ensure that the next generation does not go through half of the things we went through and that they won’t have to fight the same battles that we had to fight.

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