2019 Advocacy-for-Cure Academy

Caleb Kondwani

Nationality: Malawi
Institution: Global Hope Mobilization
Country of work: Malawi

What is your motivation for becoming an HIV cure advocate?

There has been progress in the HIV/AIDS sector from reduced new HIV infections, reduced HIV-related deaths and reduced HIV-related discrimination in the globally where people living with HIV are able to live long and healthy lives by access ARVs. This is a sign that we are making progress. It is also encouraging that a number of studies have also suggested Cure for HIV. Researchers and scientists believe that we can find a cure for HIV. We know a lot about HIV, as much as certain cancers. However to achieve Cure for HIV this will require a lot of political will in policies and investments. This is my motivation that I continue advocacy in supporting HIV Cure around the world for more political will and investments. I will work toward advocating removing barriers through evidence based advocacy and giving correct information on the importance of Cure.

What advocacy work are you currently engaged in?

Currently I am involved in advocating for 90:90:90 commitments leading to ending AIDS by 2030 at country, regional and global level. I am also part of the advocates working in pushing the Countries in replenishing of the Global Fund to ensure more resource are available for people have access to life saving drugs(ARVs), advocating for key Populations access to HIV/AIDS services by leaving no one behind. I am involved in the HIV Vaccine trials advocacy. I am currently involved in monitoring the fast-tracked HIV at county and regional level to ensure countries are committing to implementing. I am the Chairperson of the SRHR-ESA Coalition a member organization of over 250 CSO where we are working on advocating SRHR issues including the HIV Agenda.

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

The knowledge gained from the Academy will add value to HIV/AIDS advocacy work I am currently involved in. I am optimistic that we are close to the HIV Free Generation. The Academy will assist me to have a new paradigm shift to HIV Cure Advocacy. We have advocated for Prevention, Treatment and Care and now I feel it is high time to engage Policy, Researchers and key Stakeholders on HIV Cure. The Academy will also provide a platform for Networking with other fellow leaders in the HIV response where we will share experiences and best practices in the subject of HIV Cure.