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Webster Mavhu

Deputy Director/Senior Social Scientist, Centre for Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Research

Zimbabwe · Class of 2020

Webster is a linguist-turned-social-scientist with a special focus on masculinity and healthcare access. His early passion was indigenous languages. While working as a translator for HIV researchers during the height of Zimbabwe’s HIV epidemic, Webster was moved by stories of loss. He pursued a self-funded PhD to train as a social scientist, and now focuses on innovative HIV/AIDS prevention and sexual health implementation research. Webster believes that effective healthcare means reaching people where they are, with testing and treatment plans that are translated into local dialects and adapted to fit norms and customs. He uses film as a tool to change narratives around HIV, and advocates for initiatives to improve the health of disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalized adolescents.