Pancho Mulongeni
Spearheading research on gay and bisexual men's health
University of Cape Town
Health, Social Sciences
  • Pancho was born in Bulgaria to a Namibian refugee father and Bulgarian mother.
  • Growing up, Pancho became interested in the interconnection between science and health.
  • He went on to study molecular biology alongside creative arts (dance) in the United States.
  • On a Canon Collins scholarship, Pancho completed a Masters of Public Health at University of Cape Town on the topic of HIV prevention among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in South Africa.
  • Pancho is currently at the tail end of a research fellowship examining issues of adolescent health at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation.
  • While at UCT, Pancho was the founder of a Network of Queer Academics.
  • Pancho writes about issues of health, scholarship, and human rights on ‘Writinghealth’ blog.
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Greatest achievement: 

Being who and I am and studying what I believe I am called to do.

Professional interests: 

Social statistical methods and public health.

Current occupation: 
Research fellow