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University of the Witwatersrand

Country: South Africa

Institution: University of the Witwatersrand

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Abigael Dreyer holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Psychology and English, an Advanced Diploma In Adult Education, a certificate in the Anthropology of Children and Youth in Research and Development, and a Masters in Public Health. Her professional memberships include being an Executive member for the Western Cape Network on Violence against Women, a Board Member for the Foundation for Community Work. Her consultancy experience has included work for the Policy Project, where she designed and facilitated HIV/AIDS training with Women’s groups, faith-based organizations, and Youth. She has also supported the Regional program by initiating a Health Promoting Schools program in Lesotho with 6 schools as a pilot study and trained volunteers at Rape Crisis Cape Town and NICRO Women’s Support Centre, two organizations that address gender-based violence. She was a participant in the Master Training of Trainers in the CEDPA Women’s leadership program in 2001. She has more than 10 years of project management experience and has more than 7 years’ experience in the design, delivery of social and health services at the community level. She has worked in 5 of the 9 provinces in South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. She is knowledgeable in project management, particularly health-related interventions, gender, youth, participatory research methodology, and advocacy. Her strengths include her ability to learn quickly and successfully adapt to new and challenging circumstances, her enthusiasm and capability to work with colleagues from culturally diverse backgrounds, effective interpersonal, group communication, and facilitation skills. She has experience and understanding of community development issues, a strong understanding of NGOs and CBO’s and a proven ability to adapt research methodology to the implementing context. She is a fellow from the Southern Africa FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI). She is currently a lecturer in the Department of Family Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Witwatersrand.