By: Nandi Luthuli, HVTN Core, Johannesburg, South Africa
The HVTN’s Community Engagement Unit (CEU) is excited to welcome its newest member, Kagisho “KG” Baepanye, who started on the 3rd of July 2017 and will be working closely with Nandi Luthuli as an HVTN Community Education Training Manager based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Many of you already know KG as a CER at the Aurum Institute in Klerksdorp, but he is better known as the HVTN CER Co-chair for International Sites. KG is a registered nursing assistant who trained at Klerksdorp Tshepong Hospital Complex and worked for the hospital as a chronic nurse in medical wards for 4 years. He worked for the Perinatal HIV Research Unit (PHRU) CRS in Klerksdorp for 4 years conducting recruitment, retention and community education for TB studies. For the past 5 years, he has worked for the Aurum institute where he worked as the Recruitment and Retention Team Leader and later the site’s Community Engagement Manager (CEM). In his former role as a CEM, KG led and managed the site’s community outreach staff, led recruitment and retention efforts, coordinated Community Advisory Board activities, as well as oversaw the CRS’s HIV counseling and testing program. KG graduated from the University of South Africa (UNISA) where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Science and Social Services. He later completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Management with the Foundation for Professional Development. KG also brings his passion for finding an HIV vaccine that will one day stop the untimely passing of our brothers, sisters and children. He looks forward to joining the HVTN Core family and working to make a difference in the lives of those most impacted by HIV.
* Nandi Luthuli is the HVTN Lead Community Training Manager based in Johannesburg, South Africa.