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.
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 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.