Staff and Volunteers

Thubelihle Mafu

Thubae is a lady who is currently studying for a dual Master of Science in Global Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science and University of Cape Town. She was trained as a human rights defender by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights in 2011 in a bid to fight for student rights.

Her focus is on Communication for Development and she has over 6 years’ experience in the field. She has worked with several organisations in Zimbabwe such as National Youth Development Trust (NYDT), Center for Sexual Health and HIV Research (CeSSHAR), Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD). Her roles included Information Officer, Program Officer, Research Assistant and Monitoring and evaluation Officer. She has contributed immensely to the media and development sector of her country. She is passionate about coming up with solutions for the disadvantaged communities who do not have as much opportunities as most people do.

Fungai Murau

Fungai is a passionate researcher in the HIV field with special interest in mental health (quality of life for people living with HIV), migration and educating adolescent girls in making informed choices about their sexuality and wellbeing.

Fungai studied at the renowned Institute of Development studies with her MA (poverty and development) dissertation focusing on the mental health of undocumented women living with HIV in the UK. Fungai currently works as an independent consultant focusing on policy, advocacy and project delivery.

Fungai is affiliated with national and international advisory boards. These include, board member at AMAZE, The Sussex Beacon, Beyond Stigma, SWIFT (Supporting Women with HIV Information Network) , a Community Representative for the collaborative HIV Paediatric Study (CHIPS and CHIPS +) and a member of the Organising Committee of the annual International Women and HIV Workshop.

Mercy Nangwale

I am originally from Malawi, Southern Africa; currently residing in Luton United Kingdom. I am a mother of twins born in 2009 and it was through the birth of my children that I was motivated to become a Mentor Mother. I wanted encourage other women living with HIV on how safe for them to give birth to HIV- children.

This was one of my best decisions I made in life it has been a life changing. I have met and learnt a lot from other women, who made me a public speaker, treatment advocate, peer mentor and was a member of the steering group for UK Cab, social media blogger and just recently bold enough to take up a more professional role as Social Media Correspondent for 4M Net on their National Lottery Creative Project.

Estelle Ndungu

I have many year’s experience of working in the HIV sector on initiatives ranging as an Advocate with Mcare a European Advocacy Network, Peer Mentor with Positive East and Mother Mentor with 4MNET, Active member of Catwalk For Power. I am a member UCKAB, International Aids Society, I am a mother of 2 young Adults, originally from Kenya, Now settled and living in UK.

I am very passionate about Advocating for the sexual health and reproductive rights of women living with HIV. I currently a mother Mentor with 4MNET Supporting mother’s through the Pregnancy journey and beyond.

We provide information, Emotional and Practical Peer Support to Pregnant women living with HIV. We offer Women a safe spaces to share experiences and also and Training to become mothers mentors themselves.

I am the Social Media coordinator working with a great 4MNet team and a convenor, working in multiple social media platforms supporting and helping communities reduce Isolation and support their wellbeing during Covid 19.During this Pandemic I have set up support systems using what’s Up Groups and Facebook ,this has helped women to reduce isolation and help improve our mental wellbeing.

Nell Osborne

Nell is a writer, teacher and researcher based in Manchester. She has extensive experience facilitating story collection and participatory film-making workshops that focus on self-expression and imagination in the context of HIV. In 2017, she facilitated creative writing workshops for women living with HIV, who access health services in isolated areas of the UK, as part of the 4M Network Training of Trainers project.

In 2017, Nell also ran creative writing and book-making workshops in Kenya and Uganda, as part of an extended 4M programme known as 4M+. She is currently teaching and completing a research PhD at The University of Manchester, and co-runs the Arts Council England funded feminist reading series, No Matter.

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