Vernon Murenje
Tackling HIV transmission rates in Zimbabwe
Queen Mary, University of London
  • Vernon grew up in an impoverished rural area of Zimbabwe where he would travel 7 km each way to access primary education.
  • Thanks to huge sacrifices from his family to pay his school fees, and his own hard work and determination to succeed, Vernon managed to qualify as a medical doctor from the University of Zimbabwe in 2006.
  • Having worked for several years as a Medical Officer on HIV prevention clinical trials, Vernon witnessed the grave impact of the disease and became determined to pursue further studies in Public Health policy.
  • Having completed his postgraduate degree, Vernon is now in a position to pass on and apply his knowledge towards improving the health of marginalised Zimbabwean communities.
  • Vernon’s current role is to provide strategic programmatic and technical leadership to the I-TECH Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) program, a key aspect of Zimbabwe’s HIV prevention strategy.
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Greatest achievement: 

Playing a key role in a national project to reduce HIV transmission rates

Professional interests: 

Public Health in developing countries, HIV prevention

Current occupation: 
Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) Programme Manager