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William Rashidi

Centre for the Right to Health - 2018 Fellow

William started a social enterprise through the support of MTV Staying Alive Foundation, investing in beauty sector businesses and using the profits to support sexual health and HIV interventions for young LGBT persons in the Niger-Delta of Nigeria. He attended the Civic Leadership Institute at University of California, Berkeley and is an alumnus of the International Human Rights and LGBT Program at Swedish Federation for Sexuality Education, the MenEngage Africa Training Initiative and the International Human Rights Training Programme, Canada. In addition, William is an alumnus of the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative and a Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur. He is currently an MPH student with the University of Essex, Online.

Advocacy Accomplishments for the Year
Rashidi translated Nigeria’s PrEP guidelines to the real world by creating demand for PrEP within the LGBTQ communities in Abuja and Lagos and through outreach to the media. Specifically, he organized community dialogues that supported a sustainable forum, and he cultivated relationships with journalists for consistent and accurate media coverage.

In His Own Words
“Young leaders working in the field of prevention and treatment are changing the landscape with advocacy for prevention choices, and this includes PrEP in the nearest future. I see the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) coming up with a national roadmap on PrEP availability and accessibility in the country.”



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