Ruth Nabembezi’s story sounds inconceivable for someone who grew up under the sheltered conditions of Western Europe. Ruth is born in Uganda in 1995. Her parents die early from AIDS and she grows up with her sister in an orphanage. One day, the condition of her sister, who was already born with AIDS, worsens and she rapidly loses weight. The neighbours blame this on a demon and bring her sister to a different site to exorcise the demon. She dies only a few days later. The early death of the sister could have been prevented with the correct medical diagnosis and treatment..
“Ask without Shame” builds an app that allows teens and young adults to get accurate information about sex. Talking about sex is a taboo in most African communities and “Ask without Shame” provides anonymous and potentially lifesaving information.