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Gabriel Darong is an Anthropology PhD candidate at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa. He obtained his B.A - Philosophy (Cum Laude) at St. Joseph's Theological Institute Cedara, South Africa in 2012 and his BSocSci. Honours - Anthropology (Cum Laude) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2013 where he also obtained his MSocSci. - Anthropology (Summa Cum Laude) in 2014. He has developed from being a Philosophy student with interests in ethics and anthropology to focusing on Medical Anthropology, HIV/AIDS, health systems and cultural practices. He conducted his Honours research on the experiences and challenges faced by HIV/AIDS youth educators around the Pietermaritzburg area and how those challenges hinder the creation of adequate HIV/AIDS awareness amongst the youth. His masters’ research was on the effects of the cultural understandings of health and illness and biomedical training of isiZulu-speaking nurses on their approach to patient care. Currently in his PhD research, Gabriel is looking at the experiences of people living with HIV/AIDS in using and navigating the plural health care system in a rural South African community. He currently works as a researcher at the Africa Centre for Population Health, Mtubatua, South Africa. He previously worked in the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) University Teaching and Learning Office, UKZN while also working as an Anthropology tutor from 2013 - 2015. Notable amongst other organisations and activities he has been involved in are his lifetime membership and role as the Academic Programme Coordinator of the Golden Key International Honour Society, UKZN Howard Branch 2014/2015, and member of the AIDS Action and Youth For Life Organisation.