I began my career as an HIV and Adherence Counsellor in Mild May International Hospital, Uganda. My background is in Community Psychology which is about going beyond the individual, focusing instead on the community, environment and larger influencing factors that affect communities daily lives: culture, economics, healthcare, politics as well as promoting positive well-being. It is about, increasing empowerment, encouraging an understanding of each other on issues that society faces in order to prevent problems from getting worse.
From Uganda, I moved to North of Malawi with Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), where I worked as a Coordinator for Sexual Health and HIV program in a Government Hospital in 2007. During my time in Malawi, I was responsible for the design and implementation of the workplace and program activities related to sexual health and HIV. I trained and supervised staff and community volunteers on HIV testing, home based care and adherence.
Arriving in Scotland in 2008, I was Health Lifestyles Activities Coach at Muirhouse Youth Development Group, promoting health and wellbeing through positive activities and engaging with young people and their families on the issues they faced.
I joined Waverley Care in 2011 and am currently the Manager of the African Health Project, working to encourage Africans in difficult and challenging health situations, to engage with health services and stakeholders and also to encourage service providers to promote safe, quality services.
I have worked for 12 years in the voluntary sector and believe through working together, service providers can involve communities in the planning, delivering and evaluating of services to maximise a positive impact and ensure equitable access for all.
I am a strong advocate of healthy living and have a personal interest in sports, with qualifications in coaching football, basketball and running.