Reuben Silungwe

Reuben Silungwe, was a 3 month IAVI Fellow from Zambia. He worked on a literature review focused on the barriers of a transitioning HIV-positive paediatric to adult and the facilitators that will help them through this time. He was mentored by Dr. Millicent Atajuna and Tiarney Richwood. Rueben also spent some time with Key Populations Division that impacted his experience greatly.

Since his fellowship Reuben Returned to Zambia, became a Key Correspondent with Positive Vibes from the KP Reach Programme operating in eight SADC countries telling stories using different media of the intersectionality of health, human rights and key populations in Zambia. He has volunteered with Zambia Sex Workers Alliance (ZASWA) and Titandizeni Men’s Health Network (Titandizeni) as an M&E officer. He is currently working on establishing an organisation to promote honest and open dialogue between the LGBTIQ communities and the religious, faith leaders and followers. He intends to complete a postgraduate in Public Health with a deliberate focus in key populations and other vulnerable sub-populations. Current work engagements:

  1. Working as a Programs, Monitoring and Evaluation Manger with the Zambia Sex Workers Alliance. We engage with Southern African AIDS Trust- Zambia on issues of SHRH with respect to young sex workers.
  2. I am a Research Assistant on joint research project between the School of Public Health at the University of Zambia and the. Health Economics and Aids Research Division (HEARD) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The project aims to explore social determinants of health among young key populations aged between 18 and 24.
  3. I am a HIV-for-Cure Academy Advocacy 2019 Fellow under AVAC and IAS.
  4. I am a trained TOT for LILO Work, Identity nd LILO Connect and TOT for Peer Promoters