Bakita Kasadha

Bakita Kasadha FRSA is a multi-award winning poet, health researcher and health writer based in the UK.

She has shared her poetry and spoken internationally, including Latitude Festival, Wilderness Festival and Manchester Pride. She has been commissioned for the Sainsbury’s Group Black History Month campaign, National Stephen Lawrence Day, 40th anniversary of the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt. Her poem Numbers Game inspired the creation of a multi-million-pound community fund to prevent new HIV cases and support people with HIV.

She is a researcher at the University of Oxford, working on an HIV and infant-feeding project. In 2022, Dr Shema Tariq and Bakita co-edited a special collection entitled HIV and Women’s Health: Where Are We Now? Bakita has written for a wide range of publications, including the British Journal of Healthcare Management, Glamour, Metro, Black Ballad and gal-dem. In December 2022, Bakita was appointed Chair of Glitch, an award-winning UK charity working towards ending online abuse – particularly against Black women and marginalised people.