Tendai Mafuma is a fellow at the O’Neill Institute.

Mafuma is interested in access to medicines, access to health care services, and health systems reforms. She enjoys this work because of the intersection between law and policy, and because it allows her to work with people from different disciplines to find solutions for some of the most pressing health issues.

Prior to joining O’Neill, Mafuma was a legal researcher at SECTION27 in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she worked on access to health care services and focused on issues including mental health, access to medicines, reproductive health rights, and universal health coverage. In addition, she clerked for Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga at the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

At Georgetown Law, she previously worked as a research assistant with the Health and Human Rights Initiative at the O’Neill Institute, where she focused on the health food environment in schools.

Mafuma holds an LL.B. and Master of Science in biochemistry from Rhodes University, South Africa. She also obtained an LL.M. in National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where she also received the Global Health Law Scholarship.

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