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Richard Hasunira

Coalition for Health Promotion and Social Development (HEPS-Uganda) - 2010 Fellow

Richard wears many hats - he is an economist, policy analyst, journalist, and passionate HIV/AIDS advocate, and before the Fellowship was Communication Manager at HEPS-Uganda, a health rights advocacy civil society organization. He holds a bachelors degree in Arts, an M.A. in economic policy and planning, and other qualifications in journalism, communication and business management. Richard is experienced in writing for the media on issues of policy, health and the economy. He has been team leader of policy advocacy research studies for the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) and the Regional Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa (EQUINET) for the past several years. Richard’s advocacy work for HIV prevention research started in 2007 when he was part of a media and advocacy mapping study for new prevention research in Uganda. He is keen on biomedical research into microbicides because of the hope they offer women, who remain vulnerable to, and are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS.

Fellowship Focus: Richard analyzed the community engagement mechanisms of the MDP 301 and MTN 003 [VOICE] studies as case studies in documenting community experiences, perceptions, and lessons learned in order to: contribute to a better understanding of the effects of closure of HIV prevention clinical trials on communities; identify best practices that should be emulated in future trials; and highlight areas that need improvement and advocacy. Richard also contributed to a better understanding and appreciation of biomedical HIV prevention research and advocacy within trial communities and the broader community of civil society at the national level in Uganda.

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