Dr Mwanawasa was the wife of the late Patrick Levy Mwanawasa, 3rd President of Zambia and is the Founder and Chairperson of the Maureen Mwanawasa Community Initiative (MMCI).
Among Dr. Mwanawasaâ€™s many accomplishments have been her
Advocacy for the Prevention of Mother â€"To-Child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV/AIDS; negotiating the Maternal and Infant Health Initiative between Zambia and Harvard University; lobbying the Beit Trust
to build a Childrenâ€™s Hospital in Zambia; and facilitating technology grants from the Prince of Wales
for the benefit of Zambiaâ€™s rural schools.
Prior to her work as first lady and founder of MMCI, Dr. Mwanawasa was a partner at the law firm Mwanawasa and Company in Zambia, and an advocate in Zambiaâ€™s High Court.
serves on the boards of the Womenâ€™s
Rights Committee of the Law Association of Zambia
, the Female Lawyers Association of Zambia
under the Child rights Committee.
Dr Mwanawasa is a Committee Member of the Legal AID Clinic (which provides legal assistance to the poor free of charge) and the Womenâ€™s Law Society of the United Kingdom.
is also an alumnus of the Cambridge University of the United Kingdom
received the 2006 World Vision Hope Award and Georgetown Universityâ€™s John Thompson Legacy of a Dream Award of 2007.
serves on several boards as Patron i.e. patron Breakthrough Cancer Trust, Patron Child Care and adoption Society and Patron of Australia Institute of Business and Technology
, patron of Zambia sickle cell anaemia Foundation.
also sits on the Boards of a number of Agricultural organisations and Enterprises.
served as president of the organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS from 2006 to 2008 leading 50 Countries in the Fight against HIV/AIDS.
is also a loving mother of four children, one boy and three girls.
Dr. Mwanawasa received her Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B.) in 1994 from the University of Zambia, and received her MBA in International Business from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia in 2008.