Advocacy-for-Cure Academy

Kingsley Seth Chasanga

Nationality: Malawi
Institution: Southern Africa AIDS Trust
Country of work: Malawi

What is your motivation for becoming an HIV cure advocate?

I am motivated to contribute to the fight against HIV and AIDS in my country by working with Community Based Organizations and local NGOs to build their capacity and share my skills, knowledge and experience to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in HIV cure programming.

What advocacy work are you currently engaged in?

I am currently serving as a Community Advisory Board member where I technically sit in the board comprising communities to help determine how we can address issues coming from communities where prevention research is happening across the country. Also monitoring how research activities are happening in the targeted communities. I am also an active member of Malawi CSO Advocacy Group that seeks to enhance the engagement of CSOs in HIV prevention technologies that are happening in Malawi. In the meantime, we are working towards formalizing the group to be a key platform and channel for HIV advocacy in Malawi.

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

The knowledge learned from the Advocacy-for-Cure Academy will help enhance my knowledge and awareness levels in as far as HIV cure is concerned and the same knowledge and information will be shared with fellow CSO Advocates through the CSO Advocacy Networking Forum meetings, which in turn will create a pool of well-informed advocates. These oriented advocates will reach out to other CSOs with the relevant information. I will also plan to share the information through key networks in Malawi so that the information is also shared to their members across the country.