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Ruth Akulu

International Community of Women living with HIV Eastern Africa

Ruth is a youth mentor, an HIV and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and mental health advocate for young people living with HIV. She has been a Community Monitor for the Community Led Monitoring project for ICWEA since 2020 and is a National Young People and Adolescent Peer Supporters Trainer. Ruth was crowned Miss Y Plus 2nd Runner-Up 2019/20 and also won the Y Plus Media Advocate award in 2020. Ruth is as an Economist by profession and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Trade Policy from Ndejje University.

In Their Own Words
I want to contribute to a reduction in new HIV infections and unwanted pregnancies among AGYW. To do so, I will ignite the fast-track introduction of a dual prevention pill in Uganda by engaging duty bearers to create an enabling environment. I also want to address the social, economic and cultural barriers leading to the overwhelming numbers of unintended pregnancy and HIV in AGYW. It is time for AGYWs to take control of their lives through urgent gender responsive interventions to prevent the two unwanted scenarios.

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