Advocacy-for-Cure Academy

Simon K'Ondiek

Nationality: Kenya
Institution: Nyanza Reproductive Health Society - Centre for Health Research Advocacy
Country of work: Kenya

What is your motivation for becoming an HIV cure advocate?

I want to see a world free of HIV. I want to see the end of HIV. I want to see the pill burden reduced. I want to see an empowered community that has more HIV prevention choices and options available. These can only be achieved if we have an HIV cure. This is my motivation for becoming an HIV cure advocate and I will work to ensure that those most at risk and the affected are aware of such novel strategies that possess the likelihood of finally ending AIDS.

What advocacy work are you currently engaged in?

I am designing a project that aims to engage visual artists with HIV prevention research. This is because many HIV programmes use visual artists in community mobilizations and outreaches. It is time that this special group is engaged in designing artistically and community relevant articles with an aim of educating the community on HIV prevention. I will coordinate a Global Village activity together with my fellow AVAC Alumni advocates to engage AIDS 2018 delegates on the myriad HIV prevention market place that would focus on people, place, price and products that are on offer for HIV prevention.

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

Attending the Advocacy-for-Cure Academy will reinforce my advocacy and community engagement skills. The knowledge learned from this academy will enable me to develop tools to use during my advocacy activities. I will also gain much skills and knowledge to help with writing of blogs around HIV cure. As I plan to work with artists, I would look forward to seeing what they think of HIV cure and how best to express it dramatically and or poetically. I would be available to provide trainings on the latest in the HIV cure field.