Ms. Harriet Shangarai

Ms. Harriet Shangarai
  • Constituency for Africa
  • Company: Constituency for Africa

An alumni of Mawenzi Secondary School, Harriet Shangarai, BSN, is the current Chair of the Constituency for Africa-African Healthcare Infrastructure Committee and a former Chair of Montgomery County- Committee on African Affairs which serves as a liaison between the African immigrant communities and the County government. She started her career as a youth volunteer, forming a local Non-Profit entity known as “Kilimanjaro Women Against Aids” (KIWAKUKI) dedicated to the fight against HIV/AIDS in the Kilimanjaro region, Tanzania 1989. Her dedication to improve the health of her community led her to work with many entities and the launching of a multicultural health education platform (NesiWangu Health Initiatives) that utilizes Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) to bridge health gaps in immigrant communities and mobilize the African Diaspora’s participation in addressing health disparities locally and internationally. Her tenure as a chair of the Montgomery County African Affairs Advisory was marked by the launching of the Mental Health Awareness campaign, breaking the taboo of silence on mental health within the African Diaspora Communities. Ms. Shangarai believes that for the world to become a better place, we must consciously choose to make it our responsibility. Today, Ms. Shangarai continues to be a force behind many health initiatives in educating and advocating for better health policies, facilitate healthcare training opportunities and collaboration in addressing health gaps locally as well as internationally.