Jalpa Shah

Citizen Science, a ground-breaking, community-led project documenting real-time perspectives, experiences and advocacy priorities among people living with HIV in Malawi and South Africa. Citizen Science moves from models of ‘data extraction’ to ‘data democracy’, by combining community-led monitoring, community research, operational research, and a novel methodology called Life Mapping, which uses collaborative and participatory visual media tools. 

Jalpa is managing the whole project including other components which includes technology research, data hub, a costing study, training partners via a community-led monitoring academy, supporting Community Advocacy Network comprising of 14 countries and best practice sharing.  

Jalpa has an undergraduate degree in Pharmacy and a Post Graduate Diploma in Law from the UK. Her areas of passion and expertise are in the pharma-legal profession including human rights issues across Southern Africa. She specifically focused on HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, children’s rights, and access to medicines.

Jalpa believes in the power community education and advocacy in increasing access to affordable health care and medicines. Over the past 12 years, she has also been actively involved in an NGO – the Johannesburg Indian Women’s Association – as treasurer and executive member. It’s an organisation which raises funds to promote education, empowering women, and children. 

Based in Johannesburg, South Africa 


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