Sandra Isanois a Rwandan researcher, Lecturer, and Coordinator for Community Based Education in the Department of Community Health, and Social Medicine at the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE). Sandra has more than 7 years of experience in the areas of project management, HIV research for key populations, and community engagement. She is also a self-described LGBTQ+ health activist:“在大多数撒哈拉以南的非洲国家,many sexual and gender minorities do not have access to basic health care. Moreover, stigma and discrimination are rampant, and they decrease their proclivity to seek out existing healthcare services. I am passionate about this work because I believe that health is a human right and that everyone deserves to live a healthy and dignified life irrespective of sexual orientation.”
Sandra is a 2020 Changemaker for theIsibindi Programawarded to individuals fighting for social justice, equality, and dignity of vulnerable and marginalized populations in their communities. She wasselected a winnerof Northwestern Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Health and Wellbeing’s 2020Data Science & SGM Health Equity Paper Competitionfor her work on “Barriers to Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) use among Men who have Sex with Men in sub-Saharan Africa: An online cross-sectional survey”. Recently, Sandra also spoke on a panel on “Current Issues in LGBTQ Health”. As a 2016-2017 Global Health Corps (GHC) fellow with the Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group, Sandra led research on health interventions for same-sex attracted men, transgender individuals, and sex workers.
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