DBHIDS Selected to Host Community Solutions Fellow

news_elizabethsambaTierra Pritchett and Carly Banes are pleased to announce that DBHIDS has been selected to host Elizabeth Samba, a fellow from Papua New Guinea, participating in a Community Solutions Fellowship from August through December 2016.

Elizabeth is a transgender woman that goes by the preferred pronouns she/they. In Papua New Guinea, Elizabeth has worked in the field of HIV and human rights, focusing specifically on transgender people, men who have sex with men (MSM) and female sex workers. Elizabeth Samba is a trans activist with several years of experience ensuring health services are free from stigma and discrimination. Additionally, she advocates for the rights of transgender people, MSM, and sex workers. During the fellowship in the United States, Samba intends to learn more about human rights advocacy as a transgender person, management skills, and to be a great activist for LGBTI people in Papua New Guinea. After returning home from the Community Solutions Program, Samba will conduct human rights and HIV trainings to transgender people, MSM, and female sex workers.

The Community Solutions Program is a professional development program for the best and brightest global community leaders working in transparency and accountability, tolerance and conflict resolution, environmental issues, and women and gender issues. Leaders participate in a four month U.S. fellowship with a local nonprofit organization or government agency, structured virtual learning and networking via the Online Community Leadership Institute, and the design and implementation of follow-on projects in their home countries.

The Community Solutions Program is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S Department of State. The program is supported in its implementation by IREX.  For more information about the Community Solutions Program, visit