Sheila D. Tlou

Sheila D. Tlou
Professor Sheila Dinotshe Tlou is the Chair of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition. From 2010 to June 2017 she was Director of the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa. She is a former Member of Parliament and Minister of Health of the Republic of Botswana (2004–2008). She is also former Professor of Nursing at the University of Botswana and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Development in Primary Health Care for Anglophone Africa.

Professor Tlou was HIV/AIDS Coordinator at the University of Botswana from 2002 to 2004, and facilitated the formation of the Students Against AIDS Society (SAHA). She is the founder of the Botswana chapter of the Society of Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA), in which volunteers are trained in home-based care and educate families on HIV prevention, human rights, and caring for people living with AIDS.

Professor Tlou holds a PhD in Nursing Sciences and Post-Graduate Certificates in Women’s Health and Gender Studies, from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has a Masters’ degree in Nursing Education and Instruction from Columbia University, and a Master of Science in Nursing from the Catholic University of America. She completed her Bachelor of Nursing degree at Dillard University in New Orleans in 1974. She published widely on gender issues relating to HIV and AIDS, older persons, menopause, and community-based approaches to HIV prevention. She has provided consultancy for the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, the International Council of Nurses, and the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She has received many national and international awards.