2019 Advocacy-for-Cure Academy

Haruna Aaron Sunday

Nationality: Nigeria
Institution: Association of Positive Youth Living with HIV in Nigeria (APYIN KADUNA)
Country of work: Nigeria

What is your motivation for becoming an HIV cure advocate?

For the past 5 years I have been a strong advocate engaging policy makers towards ensuring the rights of adolescents and young people living with HIV are not violated. My passion towards ensuring the provision of quality youth friendly Health services for this same population makes me believe as an HIV cure advocate I will be able to contribute my quota towards advocating and placing more demands on the policy makers for efforts to be geared more on ensuring a HIV cure is found as this will help us actualize the achievement of the SDG Goal 3#EndingAIDS Epidemic by 2030.

What advocacy work are you currently engaged in?

I work around the area of HIV/AIDS and SRHR and through Advocacy significant results was able to be achieve out of which are some of the following;

  • Through advocacy, we have ensured the inclusion of five adolescent and young people one each into the Prevention, Policy, Treatment, Care and Support and M&E technical working group of Kaduna state.
  • Through Advocacy, we ensured the integration of adolescents and young people's interventions plan into three Government Agencies Operational plans namely Kaduna Ministry of Health and Human Resource (MOH), Kaduna State AIDS Control Agency (KADSACA).
  • Through advocacy, we ensured the establishment of seven Adolescents and young persons living with HIV support group’s structures across seven local government of Kaduna state.

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

I believe the knowledge that I will acquire during the training will not only benefits my work, but as well extends to community and major players working with adolescents, young people and youth within my circles. It will also help in further strengthening my capacity, exposure and strategic networks necessary for my advocate’s roles for adolescents, young people living with HIV in the areas of HIV/AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) youth friendly health service in Kaduna State, Nigeria.