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Ulanda Mtamba

Advancing Girls Education in Africa - 2018 Fellow

Before joining the Fellows program, Ulanda managed the STEPS project, a program aimed at improving the quality of life for people living with HIV. She is a behavioral change and communication specialist with 13 years’ experience. Ulanda has served as the Gender, HIV and AIDS Manager and Head of Programmes for Blantyre Synod Health and Development Commission. She has served in different roles at national and international organizations such as the United Nations for Development Program (UNDP), GOAL Malawi and NAPHAM. Ulanda has a Masters in Business Administration, a degree from Chartered Institute of Marketing and also holds an International Diploma in Project Management from Cambridge University.

Advocacy Accomplishments for the Year
Ulanda’s advocacy for investment in HIV prevention for young women goes broad and deep, establishing her as a recognized national leader engaging with the ministry of health, ethics and regulatory committees. Her work resulted in increases in PEPFAR and Global Fund investments; input into research protocols and enhanced CSO research advocacy in Malawi; the establishment of a dapivirine ring task team and scenario plan; and a CSO advocacy forum in the southern Malawi region. Ulanda also regularly appeared on radio, TV and in print media.

In Her Own Words
“Advocacy takes time to realize gains, therefore it is important to celebrate the small wins. All objectives sometimes cannot be achieved in your year of fellowship, but you initiate the process. Knowing and working with your allies is essential when pushing an advocacy agenda. Advocacy is different from project management.”



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