Monica Nafutha Bangura
Positive East, London, United Kingdom
Monica Nafutha Bangura, Community Health Nurse
Volunteer at Positive East, London, United Kingdom
I am Monica N Bangura from Sierra Leone. I graduated in 1999 as a community health Nurse from the college of medicine and allied health sciences, faculty of nursing (national school of nursing then). Upon my graduation; I was employed by the Adventist hospital, a private missionary hospital. I worked as an outpatient nurse (A&E) and later as a scrub nurse. In 2002 I relocated to another part of the city; due to the long commuting had to look for another place of work. Fortunately I was employed by an Italian non-Governmental organisation (Emergency surgical centre for civilian war victims). At the hospital I worked as a scrub nurse, and was appointed team leader for orthopaedic surgery. I became actively involved in community outreach programmes, where issues of HIV/Aids were addressed, due to the decade civil war and its aftermath. I was fortunate to travel to England to study for advance diploma in sexually transmitted infection and HIV/AIDS at the College of venereal disease prevention. Upon completion I applied for a graduate diploma in sexual reproductive health and family planning. At the moment I am volunteering at Positive East, an HIV charity that offers fast and free confidential HIV testing.