Ellen is a seasoned professional in gender, youth and Right to Health programming. She is committed to working with communities to ensure that young people access appropriate youth-centred, gender-equitable and rights-based SRH and HIV and AIDS services. Strong leadership in programme design, research, community participatory training and advocacy in these contexts summarise her 25 years of professional experience.
Ellen has a passion for working with young people to harness their inherent strengths, to challenge factors that perpetuate their poor sexual and reproductive health, susceptibility to acquiring HIV and vulnerability to the negative impacts of AIDS.
Ellen has spent the last five years promoting Right to Health programming at ACORD, a Pan-African organization working for social justice in Africa. The Right to Health programming resulted in strengthening focus on young people’s sexual and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS prevention, care and treatment needs and desires.
Ellen holds a Bachelor’s in Social Sciences and a Masters in Public Health; where she specialised in young people’s safe motherhood as well as taking several short courses in global health in gender and SRH.