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It is the moral responsibility of young technologists and researchers to work on the world's health challenges in order to provide better healthcare systems for the worlds underprivileged communities.
- Shaun Bera
Shaun Bera is originally from Zimbabwe and currently lives in the United Kingdom. He received a Master of Science in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Shaun is an International AIDS Society Youth Ambassador, Adolescents Treatment Coalition member and board member at the Welsh Refugee Council. He is an analyst at Public Health Wales where he works on STIs, HIV and inequalities.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
The inequality which happen to women is so much when it comes to HIV. The UNAIDS report for 2016 states that of the 6000 new HIV infections which happen per day 66% are from Sub Saharan Africa. The age group mostly affected by this are adolescent girls and young women in Sub Saharan Africa and refugees in Africa.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
I guess my biggest win as a gender equality advocate was the abolishing of child marriage in Zimbabwe which was signed in 2022. I worked with several networks to legally abolish child marriage in Zimbabwe.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy cooking and hiking a lot. I really like listening to Adele and Beyoncé they are my favorite artists. Work wise, I am an epidemiologist at Public Health Wales where I work as a part of the STI and Inequalities team analyzing UK HIV and STI data. I am a road trip junkie as I love to go to many Welsh beaches.
- English (Advanced/Native)
- Shona (Advanced/Native)
- Refugee Health
- HIV & Healthcare, Technologies for health
- Adolescent Health
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- International AIDS Society Youth Ambassador
- One Young World Ambassador
- Adolescents Treatment Coalition member
- Global Coalition of Tuberculosis Activists member