Peace Corps Liaison
Rita Kamazima is from the Bukoba region of Tanzania and holds a Bachelor's degree Biochemistry from Miami University. of Ohio. There she served as the African Students' Union student organization leader, promoting awareness of the diverse cultures within the Africa continent. She also worked with MedLife Miami helping impoverished families in Ecuador, Peru and Panama improve their health and health seeking behaviors. Rita was a Youth and Community Development Volunteer in Peace Corps Swaziland, where she worked with vulnerable communities implementing HIV/AIDS prevention interventions, teaching life-skills courses, health & wellness and promoting English literacy through variety of activities such as establishing libraries and debate clubs. Together with her local counterparts she also established multiple girl empowerment clubs to help build resiliency and install confidence among the young girls in her community. She currently works in the Office of Global Health and HIV, at Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, DC, providing support to both the Health Sector Programming and Training Teams at HQ and in the field. In her role she also co-coordinates training for post staff on topic areas such HIV and PEPFAR, MNCH and Gender &Health.
Rita holds advanced certification in siSwati and is fluent in Swahili and Haya. She is very passionate about international development and youth empowerment, especially in the Africa region. She enjoys traveling, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.