2019 Advocacy-for-Cure Academy

Tanaka Chirombo

Nationality: Malawi
Institution: Positive Women Youth and Society
Country of work: Malawi

What is your motivation for becoming an HIV cure advocate?

Being an HIV cure advocate is a chance to capacity building one of the supporting pillars for effective advocacy which is research literacy. In my community access to and quality information on HIV and related issues is low either outdated this has a negative impact on progress being made on stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV. I feel i can play a huge role in advancing latest information on HIV.

What advocacy work are you currently engaged in?

I am working on advocating for policy change putting in a differentiated care model at Mapale Health centre in order to improve ART service delivery and tackle barriers to accessing HIV treatment and care. I am proud of this initiative as this model has a client centred approach there by tailoring it to the needs of YPLHIV. It also creates a platform where YPLHIV can meaningfully participate in developing the models and helping in the running through a peer supporter’s component to track down defaulters. I am proud of, as more YPLHIV will be retained to care as the system will suit their needs and feel comfortable.

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

I plan on up scaling the project to enable dissemination of HIV related information which will strength the system as stigma and discrimination will be tackled through a radio program talking on the latest information to do with the HIV cure progress, meeting with religious groupings committee to disseminate information on the scientific results and arrange a talk with affiliated members, meeting youth clubs; 1 urban and 1 rural, Running a social media campaign on the HIV cure information, and addressing 200 young people living with HIV on the cure.