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Kwabena Lartey

2020 Cheng Fellow

Kwabena Lartey graduated from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2021 with a Master’s in Public Health and as a 2020 Harvard Presidential Scholar. Kwabena has over 5 years of experience in youth advocacy and adolescent health promotion. He is the Founder/Executive director of Books for Him & Her, a non-profit focused on increasing access to sexual health resources and skills training for adolescents within his community. He is also co-founder of aHnonymous GH, a youth organization that promotes HIV education, care as well as Voluntary Counseling and Testing to communities through partnerships with other youth organizations. Through his work, Kwabena has enabled access to Sexual Health Trainings for over 500 adolescents, provided free HIV counseling and testing for over 1000 persons, and provided linkages to care for over 20 adolescents living with HIV/other sexual health problems. He is committed to improving life experiences for youth within his community as they develop sexually, physically, and mentally by providing them with helpful resources he did not have access to while growing up. He loves music, trying new recipes, and learning new languages. He aspires to be a Global Health Policy expert advancing social change among historically disadvantaged populations.

As a Cheng fellow, Kwabena developed Books for Him and Her to address the education gap in sexual and reproductive health faced by approximately 48% of young persons in Ghana.