Grace Mwashigadi is a Masters of Public Health student at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia Canada. Prior to joining graduate school, she worked as a Research Clinician at KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP), Kenya where she was involved in studies which focused on acute HIV infection detection, community engagement and other programmatic work extending HIV prevention and care to vulnerable and marginalised key populations; groups that carry a disproportionate burden of HIV infection. Over the course of her career, she became increasingly interested in infectious diseases prevention among key population.
In 2015, the WHO issued a strong recommendation for Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent acquisition of HIV infection. Consequently, Kenya rolled out PrEP as a part of the HIV prevention package targeting high risk population. Mwashigadi is interested in exploring the barriers and facilitators to PrEP uptake and adherence among men who have sex with men. She aims to contribute to reduce the incidence of HIV infection by promotion of PrEP uptake and good adherence among high risk groups.