Mr. Austine Wanga, who is a member of The Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) Kisumu, is passionate about community work. He started his career at Kenya Medical Training College where he graduated with a Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Surgery. He also got an opportunity to work as a clinical officer intern at Kisumu East County Hospital. His vast experience in HIV programming comes as a result of having worked in several health care facilities as a clinical officer and clinical mentor under International Centre for Aids Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP). He has also had an opportunity to be trained on Clinical Management of HIV by University Of Washington, Leadership and Management in health (University Of Washington), couple counseling (KEMRI/CDC), Pediatric ART, Elimination of Mother To Child HIV Transmission training (EMTCT), TB/HIV and Male Circumcision as a preventative measure against sexual HIV transmission (by Impact Research Development Organization-IRDO).
Kenya Medical Training College where he graduated with a Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Surgery.
His passion in palliative care is also evident and has been trained in Palliative Care for Health Care Professionals at both Nairobi and Kisumu Hospices. He used his experience to care for the cancer patients with end stage disease and other debilitating illnesses for five years in Muhoroni, St. Vincent de Paul’s Mission Hospital. Having been trained by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) and LVCT Health on Gender Based Violence, he has continued to advocate for the rights of Adolescent Girls and Young Women including getting involved in other prevention and GBV response activities at different levels including representing LVCT Health at The Kisumu County Gender Technical Working Group (GTWG). He also participated in the review of Kisumu County 2014-2018 Gender Technical Working Group Strategic Framework.
With his experience in Key Population and LGBTIQ programming, he is currently working at LVCT Health coordinating LGBTIQ (sexual minority/diverse population) activities in Western Region, Kenya- aimed at demonstrating access of services by the sexual minorities in the public health facilities to achieve Universal Health Care amongst the population (integration). He is also undertaking his Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management at Kenya Methodist University, Nairobi (KeMU).
He is also passionate about wellness and has practiced Karate (Martial Art) for the past eighteen years. He uses his prowess in the art to promote peace and wellness in the community.
He expects to give a helping hand to Africa and entire world by reducing the public health threat caused by HIV, Non Communicable and other Diseases; ensure efficiency in health care systems and advocate for human rights approach to social justice.