ABWW Awesome AIDS Prevention Warrior of the Day: Dr. Mehret Mandefro
This amazing woman is featured in the film All of Us. The film follows the struggle of several black & brown women with HIV and AIDS. Even though black & brown women arethe fastest growing population infected with the condition but the face of prevention is still a gay white male.
Mehret Mandefro is a physician/anthropologist that uses film as a medium of ethnography. As a public health trained physician her primary research interests are the connections between human rights and health, HIV prevention program development, and translation efforts targeting marginalized communities. She has worked as a public health practitioner in Kenya, Botswana, and South Africa on issues of access to care, HIV treatment adherence, and health workers training. Her prior anthropologic fieldwork was conducted in Ethiopia analyzing HIV-positive women’s experiences with stigma, and the South Bronx. Her internal medicine residency research project is the subject of a feature-length documentary entitled All of Us that attempts to show how gender equity relates to the HIV epidemic in the South Bronx and Ethiopia. As a Health and Society Scholar, Mehret will be advancing film as a method to teach and communicate about societal determinants of health. The focus of her first film project is the connection between violence prevention, cities and HIV as told through African American men. She completed her internal medicine residency at Montefiore in the Primary Care Program. She received her M.D. from Harvard University, MSc in the Public Health of Developing Countries at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and A.B. in Anthropology from Harvard University.