Likhapha Monica Pule


Likhapha Monica Pule

Likhapha Monica Pule, HVTN Global CAB Co-Chair, CAB Member

Klerksdorp CRS, Klerksdorp, South Africa 

I first started in HIV work in 2012 when I was volunteering at the Centre for Youth Institute, where I was teaching youth about HIV and other activities. It is in the same year I started my journey with HVTN as a CAB Member and also as a study participant of the Klerksdorp Research Site. HVTN has broadened my knowledge about HIV and vaccines. It is an amazing experience to work with the HVTN. I have learned a lot since I started working with HVTN, and I still am because there are new things coming up every day. I am grateful to be part of HVTN.

I am a South African woman, born in 1989, a Christian, married, and a mother of one daughter. I can speak several of the languages in South Africa. My hobbies are to play tennis, singing and reading. I have a Diploma in Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, a Higher Certificate in Management, and am busy finishing off my Bachelor`s Degree. I have worked in the health sector since 2012. I strive for nothing but success in whatever I do and do not settle for less. In 2015, I received the HVTN Octavio Valente Junior Volunteer Service award for my contributions in HIV vaccine prevention research, and in 2017 I was elected to serve as the HVTN Global CAB Co-chair. What people do not know about me is that I have a desire to write a book and I am preparing to fulfil that dream.