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Growing up in a community fraught with health problems, Dr Anne Mwangi was inspired to become a doctor and contribute to prevention and care. Her years of clinical practice introduced Dr Mwangi to the reality of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections, resulting in an intense desire to become equipped to respond. With the help of an Australia Awards Scholarships Dr Mwangi is now taking on the challenge of preventing mother-child transmissions of HIV in Kenya with a Master’s of Medicine (Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV) from the University of Sydney.

Stephen Ithanzu, the Superintendent of Prisons and Prison Farms Manager at Kamiti Medium Security Prison in Kenya, is an Australia Awards scholar who is teaching prison inmates about effective agricultural practices. Stephen is proud to use his skills and knowledge to contribute to the sustainability of the 1000-acre prison farm as well as food security and sustainability for the prison service. The farm also earns government revenue and contributes to the rehabilitation of inmates.

Growing up in Zimbabwe, Andreas Pilakoutas saw his father manage Nick’s Motors, a successful transportation company. In 2008, Andreas completed a Bachelor of Business, Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Griffith University in Brisbane. Soon after returning home, Andreas’s father passed away and he was asked to take charge of the company at short notice. The education that Andreas received enabled to implement innovative technological solutions and grow to the company significantly with his degree being extremely complementary to his new role as Operations Manager.

Raphael Mulenga had always wanted to make a difference to the development of his country, and he believes his Australian education empowered him to do just that. In 2011, Raphael received an Australia Awards scholarship to study a Master’s of Policy Studies at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. After completing his studies, he returned to his position of Provincial Sport Development Coordinator in Chipata, an eastern province of Zambia, where he uses sports as a tool to influence the country’s large youth population into recognising the importance of getting an education.

One of the early recipients of an Australia Award scholarship, Harriet Sianjibu-Miyato travelled to Melbourne in 1993 and completed a Master’s of Education at Deakin University in Melbourne. After returning to Zambia, she commenced work with Zambia Open Community Schools.

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