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Sheila Tlou

Prof. Sheila Tlou is Co-Chair of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition and the Nursing Now Global Campaign. She is the former UNAIDS Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, and former Minister of Health of Botswana. She is also the former Professor of Nursing at the University of Botswana, and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Development in Primary Health Care.

As Minister of Health, she led a successful AIDS response program whose achievements are still some of the best in Africa. She provided leadership in the adoption of the SADC HIV/AIDS Plan of Action, and Maputo Plan of Action on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. She also represented Eastern and Southern Africa in the Board of the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

She holds a PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has Membership of the American Academy of Nursing and the US National Academy of Medicine.

Prof. Tlou is an actor and has starred in Anthony Mingella’s BBC movie: “The Number One Ladies Detective Agency”.