Tawanda Chimombe

Zimbabwe

I obtained my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Zimbabwe, where I studied Social Work. I am presently a monitoring and evaluation officer for the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH). I have contributed to various projects and surveys, including the 90-90-90 PEPFAR target, which aimed to test people who were HIV positive to gauge their treatment regimen and measure the effectiveness of the treatment. I also contributed to a survey of birth registrations for orphans and other vulnerable children without birth certificates. 

At the Leaders of Africa Institute, I am currently conducting research on what explains high Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) default rate among adolescents. Most adolescents are defaulting on ART despite efforts by the Ministry of Health and Non-Governmental Organizations to promote ART retention among adolescents. The purpose of this study is to explore factors leading to the high ART default rate among adolescents and develop approaches and relevant policies, which will promote ART retention among adolescents. My experience at Leaders of Africa Institute has equipped me with research and data analysis skills, including the use of the statistical software R.

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