2019 Advocacy-for-Cure Academy
Institution: Makerere University-John Hopkins University (MUJHU)
Country of work: Uganda
What is your motivation for becoming an HIV cure advocate?
The need to know up to date and accurate information on HIV cure and work in that field is key in my role hence my motivation to participate in this academy since the hope we install in all young people needs to be backed up by up to date and accurate information on how far or what is being done towards getting the HIV Cure. This information is not everywhere yet the thirst for it is so huge mainly among young people living with HIV.
What advocacy work are you currently engaged in?
I grew up attending annual camps every December, this connected me to a family that understood me, a family where I never had to get afraid of taking my medication before others. These camps aimed at empowering us to successfully live and accept HIV status. Unfortunately, these camps lasted for 6 years, when I grew up and gained skills of advocacy I advocated for the revival of camps now we are holding regional camps in Uganda for adolescents having unsuppressed viral loads and adherence challenges.
How do you think knowledge learned from the Advocacy-for-Cure Academy will influence your current work?
To re-ignite the spark of hope among young people living with HIV. Adolescents and youth mainly those that started ARVS since childhood are fed up of medication and their hope for a cure is little since they have waited for the cure and most times hear no updates on what is being done. This leads to poor adherence and high mortality rates, I, therefore, intend to use the knowledge and tools gained to disseminate accurate information and updates about the cure among young people and the need to keep good adherence such that the cure finds us in good health.