Advocacy-for-Cure Academy

Majeed Bolaji Adisa

Nationality: Nigeria
Institution: FHI360
Country of work: Nigeria

What is your motivation for becoming an HIV cure advocate?

As a health care professional with more than 8 years of experience within hospital and public health settings, I have been faced with innovation challenges on strategies and implementation inertia concerning strengthened focus on HIV prevention as the best form of cure and the need to end the HIV/AIDS epidemics. The need to have a multi-faceted approach and research-oriented direction has served as the motivation to do more despite progress in intervention, which still leaves behind significant gap in the fight against AIDS. I see advocacy on HIV cure as the golden step with untapped potential to ending the epidemics.

What advocacy work are you currently engaged in?

As a Technical Officer in clinical services, working on the provision of HIV/AIDS services, realization of the third target of the third SDG has been one of the major priorities for me towards having an AIDS-free generation. Moreover, having background knowledge of the HIV prevalence in Nigeria and the local communities proved to be the passion for driving the HIV cure advocacy through stakeholder-led forums like technical working groups on HIV prevention and PMTCT services. This includes case managers, among which are members of networks of people living with HIV, who are proactive change makers that are an extension of the community to drive the innovation for acceptance, pushing for more research on HIV cure through organized literacy forums and increased funding in resource-limited settings.

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

Knowledge learned from the Advocacy-for-Cure Academy will be of significant impact on my current work. It is an avenue to benefit greatly from technical exchange, training on the most recent updates on HIV cure, and how new research directions can help to influence policy making and protocol development with an emphasis on human rights as regards to access to HIV cure services currently available that are locally adapted and accepted to ensure sustainability. I also intend to create community of practice on how advocacy on HIV cure can lead to implementation with an inclusive evaluation involving community leaders for positive change towards HIV cure.