Institution: International Community of Women living with HIV Eastern Africa
Country of work: Uganda
What is your motivation for becoming an HIV cure advocate?
A cure is critical and important for an improved quality of life for people living with HIV; it would be a game changer for PLHIV to live without fear, shame, stigma and denial. In addition, there is quite a lot of resources that are going into HIV prevention, care and treatment. With a cure, these resources will be directed to social services like Education, Universal Health Coverage and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights of women including young women.
What advocacy work are you currently engaged in?
Advocating for comprehensive Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights services and information, particularly for women living with HIV including young women; advocating for increased funding for women related programmes and for women organizations; advocating for increased options and choices for women particularly reproductive health and family planning and advocating and challenging criminalization of HIV and coerced and forced sterilization.
How do you think knowledge learned from the Advocacy-for-Cure Academy will influence your current work?
The skills, techniques and tools from the academy will be replicated and will inform the advocacy work that I am already doing.