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Nurse Wins Prize For Research On Benefits Of Faster Tuberculosis Testing

Chenai Mathabire dreamed of being a model, but life had different plans. She recently won an award for proving that a rapid TB test could be used successfully in clinics across southeastern Africa.
Researcher Chenai Mathabire, center, takes part in an HIV awareness campaign in Malawi in 2016. Source: Courtesy of MSF

There was a time when Chenai Mathabire read Vogue, watched beauty pageants on TV and fantasized about being a supermodel. Today she helps the sick and injured as a nurse and epidemiologist.

Last month, the 35-year-old Zimbabwean received an International AIDS Society prize for showing that a faster tuberculosis test could be implemented at health centers in southeast Africa. Her work will help save the lives of HIV-positive patients who contract TB.

"Nursing is often looked down upon and people just think you are there to be the maid

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