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Takhona Hlatshwako

Election Year: 2022

Election Constituency: Southern Africa

Scholar Status: Scholar in Residence

Rhodes Identifier: eSwatini & University 2022

Takhona Hlatshwako

Biography

Takhona Grace Hlatshwako is a Morehead-Cain Scholar pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill. At her university, she is the co-chair of the Minority Health Conference, the longest-running student-led health conference in the U.S. She is passionate about advancing health equity locally and globally. In her home country, Takhona worked on a USAID-funded project aimed at improving HIV messaging. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, she joined a global team investigating the impact of isolation measures on sexual and reproductive health. In the U.S., Takhona interned at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, where she researched low-value care. Her work inspired her honors thesis on decision modelling and cost-effectiveness analysis. At Oxford, Takhona hopes to continue researching methods for advancing health equity.