Dr Monika Kamkuemah
Post-doc, University of Pretoria
Monika Kamkuemah is a post-doctoral fellow at the UrbanBetter Satellite Studio at Innovation Africa@UP, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Her work focuses on the intersection between climate change and health and devising innovative models of youth participation and engagement in environmental justice and health advocacy. Monika obtained her PhD from the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town (UCT), for which she investigated the interlinkages between HIV and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in adolescents and youth living with HIV (AYLHIV) in peri-urban Cape Town. Prior to pursuing her PhD, she worked as an analyst and researcher for the Anova Health Institute, providing technical assistance to the South African National Department of Health. She facilitated health technology expansion by successfully training > 500 Community Health Workers in rural Limpopo on mHealth as part of primary health care reengineering. She also conducted key analyses on sexually transmitted infections in men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM), including Hepatitis C among a cohort of drug-using MSM and Gonococcal and chlamydial infections among MSM in Cape Town. Monika is passionate about translational research, human-centred design and youth advocacy. She is an International AIDS Society (IAS) change maker, and part of the first cohort of the Dalberg Climate and Health Public Engagement Leadership Program.