Femi Aina Fasinu
Institution: Border Communities Development Foundation
Country of work: Nigeria
What is your motivation for becoming an HIV cure advocate?
With close to four decades of HIV/AIDS epidemic, an HIV cure is still not available and PLHIV continue to be administered lifelong antiretroviral medications. My motivation to become an HIV cure advocate is borne from the zeal I have always had in the field of HIV prevention and treatment, and the continuous increase in prevalence in some of our communities’ calls for all efforts towards advocating for total cure of the epidemic. In Africa, a cure for HIV will be a great life breakthrough and that is why I have directed my work and efforts towards research and advocacy for an HIV cure.
What advocacy work are you currently engaged in?
I am currently working in 10 land border communities in Nigeria advocating for an urgent increase in programmes on HIV treatment and preventions. Many land border communities in Nigeria lack access to good and accessible hospitals and adequate HIV/AIDS interventions despite higher numbers of HIV vulnerable populations. I am leading many volunteers and stakeholders to bring both government and border community members’ attention to the need for increased HIV preventions and treatment services.
How do you think knowledge learned from the Advocacy-for-Cure Academy will influence your current work?
The academy will surely influence my work and create more opportunities for me to advocate for more funding and government interventions in Nigeria towards HIV cure research. I will be able to use my position as the head of my organization to further increase our work in the area of HIV cure and will be able to involve more stakeholders in Nigeria, as well as my other networks in other countries, to help bring more attention and efforts to the field of HIV cure research. It will also be a stepping-stone towards undertaking more research in the area of HIV cure.