Plenary Speakers

Dr Thato Chidarikire
Dr Thato Chidarikire
Director for HIV Prevention Programmes
Plenary Topic: Adolescent girls, young women & men: Key to achieving the end of AIDS in Africa in 2030.

Currently Dr Thato Chidarikire is the Director for HIV Prevention Programmes in the National Department of Health. Her Portfolio includes management of HIV Prevention Programmes including but not limited to HIV Testing Services (HTS), Pre exposure Prophylaxis (PreP), Youth HIV Prevention, Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), Condoms, STI management, Communication and Stake holder management.

She has over 20 years professional experience gained in Academia, Public Health Sector and Research Units and Parastatals. With 17 years in the HIV field, her vast experience includes Policy and guideline development, HIV Prevention intervention programmes, Research and Clinical Trials.

She has co-chaired the WHO HTS guideline development group, the national PFIP prevention work stream and the national HIV Think Tank. She is a PHD graduate from Wits University, with a specialty in Virology.

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