A Shared Vision for Women & Girls in the Era of HIV & AIDS: Personal perspectives

A Shared Vision for Women & Girls in the Era of HIV & AIDS: Personal perspectives
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Presented by Dr Sheila Tlou

Dr Sheila Tlou is the Director of the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa. She has conducted research and taught courses to nursing, pre-medical and social science students on gender issues relating to HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and ageing and older persons. She has played a key role in the development of national nursing and medical education curricula, working to broaden the scope of health sciences education in her home country of Botswana.

Sheila has been involved in the AIDS response from the time the epidemic started in Botswana in 1985. She has worked to increase community awareness of HIV and AIDS in Botswana using youth groups, non-governmental organisations, and grassroots women's organisations. She was HIV/AIDS Coordinator at the University of Botswana from 2002 to 2004 and facilitated the formation of the Students Against AIDS Society (SAHA). She is the founder of the Botswana chapter of the Society of Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA) in which volunteers are trained in home-based care and educate families on HIV prevention, human rights, and caring for people living with AIDS.

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