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Azwihangwisi Helen Mavhandu-Mudzusi

Azwihangwisi Helen Mavhandu-Mudzusi is Full Professor at the University of South Africa. She is NRF C rated researcher and the winner of 2017 Distinguished Women Scientist Award.
She was an HIV/AIDS coordinator at the University of Venda immediately prior, where she trained
students and educators in basic HIV/AIDS information.
She also trained educators in Limpopo Province in basic HIV/AIDS counselling skills for orphans
and vulnerable children and is deeply involved in rural community service work, which includes
HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns at rural secondary schools, churches and orphanages.
Helen is a fellow of M.A.C. AIDS Fund Leadership initiative at Columbia University, the University of
California and the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa.
She holds several diplomas, advanced diplomas and degrees in nursing, including an Honours and
Masters degree. She is deeply involved in the advocacy and support for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual,
Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) students in rural institutions of Higher Learning.Prof Azwihangwisi Helen Mavhandu-Mudzusi is passionate about accessing rights for this community through research and awareness-raising. She is an award-winning NRF-rated researcher who values engagement and dialogue as a means to better understand and respond to these issues.


  • 2017–present
    Professor, University of South Africa

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Associate professor
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation


C3 NRF rated researcher; 2019 Chancellor’s Calabash Award (Outstanding Educator); Chancellor’s Award of excellence in Research: College of Human Sciences 2018;