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Rumbidzai Mapfumo

The Centre for Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Research - Zimbabwe (CeSHHAR Zimbabwe) - 2013 Fellow

Rumbi holds a BA in Social Work degree from the University of Namibia. She has been doing voluntary work since 2011 with TESHE Young Women’s Movement in Zimbabwe. In November 2011, Rumbi assisted TESHE with providing psycho social support to sex workers while maintaining professional relationships during the the production of a documentary on sex work in Zimbabwe, ‘Odyssey from student to sex worker’. Rumbi is an enthusiastic, self-motivated and talented young social worker with a passion and capacity to work with people experiencing crisis and/or who are socially excluded, including the physically challenged and those affected or infected by HIV/AIDS. Her parents are founders of a church yet this has not affected her passion in being an excellent guide, advocate or critical friend for marginalized populations and in HIV work.

Fellowship Focus: In her project, Rumbi engaged different stakeholders to sensitize them on the benefits of scaling up ARV treatment amongst sex workers. She facilitated and supported the mobilization of sex workers affected by HIV and AIDS through mutual reflection, and personal and collective actions to contribute to ending the pandemic in Zimbabwe. She established circles to ensure that sex workers, civil society, policy makers, service providers and other key stakeholders have conversations supporting sex workers to test, seek care and treatment so as to optimize the benefits of ART for both prevention and treatment. She hopes to influence the development of policies that will revolutionize ARV-based prevention in Zimbabwe.

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