Ms. Claire Judith Achieng is a Social/Community Worker and the Executive Director of Thrive A Woman Uganda (TAW). With a background in Adult and Community Education, she has received specialized training in governance and volunteer management from the Danish Non Communicable Diseases Alliance (DNCDA) and in organizational development capacity building from the American Cancer Society through the Strengthening Organizations United for Sustainable Response to Cancer Epidemic (SOURCE) program.
In 2011, Ms. Claire Judith, along with partners, established the Uganda Cancer Society (UCS), an umbrella organization that coordinates cancer organizations in Uganda to promote effective cancer control efforts. She served as a founding board member and chaired the Human Resources committee, contributing to the recruitment of the organization’s secretariat and the development of its first HR policy manual. She was also involved in patient support, resource mobilization, and membership committees.
In 2016, she founded Thrive A Woman Uganda, which continues to focus on cervical cancer awareness advocacy and reproductive health issues in Uganda. As the Executive Director, she leads a team of volunteers in collaboration with a five-person Board of Directors. She has organized charity events and outreach programs to promote cervical cancer awareness, free screening, and advocacy in various communities across Central, Eastern, and Western Uganda.
Ms. Achieng’s expertise has been recognized internationally, as she was invited to join the WHO Experts in 2018 and 2020. She served as a member of the Guidelines Development Group for the development of WHO recommendations for novel ablative treatment methods for cervical pre-cancer lesions and for the development of WHO recommendations for preferred product characteristics (PPCs) for therapeutic HPV vaccines, respectively.
She is currently serving as board member supporting in resource mobilization for Uganda Cancer Society.