Advocacy-for-Cure Academy

Flaviah Dorothy Namwaya

Nationality: Uganda
Institution: Joint Clincal Research Center, Stigmaless and PINA
Country of work: Uganda

What is your motivation for becoming an HIV cure advocate?

My desire to see an HIV free generation gives me motivation to enroll in the HIV cure advocate program. Initially when I was starting my HIV medicine, I was strongly told that it would be for life, with no hope of a cure, but now the story has the possibility of being overhauled and I cannot resist but be more than obliged to be a part of this search. I want to be a glare of hope among the positive, I want to inspire their adherence to their medicine as a cure is soon coming. I want to give hope.

What advocacy work are you currently engaged in?

Currently, I am a Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission ambassador, advocating for accessibility of PMTCT services to all expectant mothers, especially girls from disadvantaged communities and backgrounds and who are ignorant about PMTCT. I am also a Peer Educator constantly developing programmes that support positive youth and young adults to appreciate the value of treatment and adhere to it. I run a youth corner program that aims to specifically tailor HIV prevention and treatment services to the youth, making it easier for them to be comfortable when accessing these services. I am also a member the HIV drug resistance campaign that focuses on community outreach. We organize health talks in different health centers where we highlight the value of adherence.

How do you think knowledge learned from the Advocacy-for-Cure Academy will influence your current work?

I believe that as a member of the HIV drug resistance campaign, the knowledge that I will learn from the academy will advance my ideas and skills in a dimension of aspects, such as how to better support positive people in the struggle to drug adherence especially given the multitude of factors that might cause them to withdraw from treatment. I also hope to learn new approaches on structuring treatment, prevention, cure and programmes in my everyday work.