Tenda Kibira Irene is a Biomedical Laboratory Scientist at Medical Research Council/Uganda Virus Research Institute & London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Uganda Research Unit (MRC/UVRI & LSHTM) under the Clinical Diagnostics Laboratory Department. She is a Program Head Women in STEMM in Bio Translate International a non-government organization aimed at using science to cause a social impact on the health status of vulnerable populations worldwide. Her responsibility is advocating, training and mentoring young women in pursuit of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine. She has a special research interest in diagnostics, Public health, epidemiology and management of infectious diseases. She is highly experienced in clinical laboratory techniques. She has experience and skills in HIV, STIs, TB, diagnosis and management non-communicable diseases as well as participation in clinical trials. She also has special interest in sexual and reproductive health research targeting adolescent health.
She has previously been involved in different epidemiological studies such as; (1) a prospective cohort study to assess knowledge and preferences for biomedical HIV prevention interventions and uptake of oral pre-exposure prophylaxis among adolescent girls and young women at high risk for HIV infection in Kampala, Uganda. She has also been involved in a (2) prospective cohort study to assess feasibility of enrolling and retaining at risk adolescents aged 14 to 19 years from hotspots in Kampala, Uganda. In addition, she has conducted a study that investigated (3) the epidemiology of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in a cohort of women involved in high risk sexual behaviour in Kampala. She has actively participated in another trial studying (4) the effect of norethisterone enanthate on recurrent bacterial vaginosis among women at high risk for HIV infection in Kampala, Uganda.
She has a goal of improving sexual and reproductive health and rights among adolescents and young women in Uganda and across the East-African region. Her background is mainly laboratory based. She has a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Laboratory Technology and a master’s degree in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences and Management of Makerere University. She continues to develop good networks within the different research institutions in the region along with excellent skills set to conduct various studies to improve health. Being a leader in Bio Translate International, “I am open to learning and adding value to society and I look forward to being part of this major youth-led change movement.”
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