Miriam is a public health professional with a focus on HIV prevention. She has over 18 years of experience working with Population Services International (PSI), starting from Program Manager to eventually Country Director. Miriam is skilled in program management, program evaluation, organizational development, strategic plan development, social franchising and team leadership.
With a passion for HIV prevention, Miriam began her career at PSI in Zimbabwe managing the HIV testing program. She was invited by The National Department of Health (NDOH) to South Africa to set up an HIV testing program. There she spearheaded the adaptation of HIV testing protocols and manuals; leveraged other NGOs to expand testing coverage through social franchising and set up mobile HIV testing, leading to expanded relationships with communities, partners, donors, and government. Her program became a learning hub for other NGOs. Miriam also oversaw the management of the Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision program and the Public Sector Condom distribution and Training. She worked with the US Defense and South African military to develop a “special” condom for the South African military and oversaw the development of South African public sector popular condoms, Max and Maxima. Prior to her career in the health sector, she taught children with special needs for 16 years. Miriam holds an MA in Education from UK’s Birmingham University, a Certificate in Systemic Family Therapy from Zimbabwe Institute of Systemic Therapy and an Advanced Health Management certificate from Yale University and Foundations for Professional Development.