2019 Advocacy-for-Cure Academy

Francis Lembani

Nationality: Zimbabwe
Institution: Zimbabwe National Council of Young Men's Christian Association
Country of work: Zimbabwe

What is your motivation for becoming an HIV cure advocate?

My greatest motivation of becoming an HIV Cure Advocate is to work with Key populations People living with HIV, support groups and Community Art Refill groups and Adolescents groups so that they are self-sustained. Apart from their normal discussions around positive living that they foster relations through livelihood projects. Moreover I would want to advocate for the rights of key populations and health services extend to their working environment through increase demand for health services. As a development practitioner working in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention it is my belief that there is a cure for HIV and united we can advocate and be the change agents to spearhead the campaign of ending HIV/AIDS by 2030.

What advocacy work are you currently engaged in?

Currently I am engaged in working with key populations in creating demand for health services through HIV testing services, Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision, STI screening, cervical cancer screening, TB screening, community advocacy engagement meeting with key population and priority population, Livelihood projects support to CARGs, adolescents groups and support group through poultry, nutrition gardening and canteen services. On a quarterly basis engage the District Health Executive Team for briefing and review of previous commitment and assigned tasks.

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

I look forward to information gained through my participation at the Advocacy-For-Cure Academy to help in knowledge sharing with the key population so that they are updated with the recent developments in the field of HIV/AIDS. The information gained will also help my leadership skills as we advance the LeaveNooOneBehind initiative in a bid to empower communities for an HIV/AIDS free generation. Furthermore, the knowledge that I will receive will capacitate my skills and knowledge in working with key population in the area of advocacy and lobbying. It is my belief that through knowledge sharing and best practices will be able to replicate the practice in the communities I work with.