Mark Wainberg Fellowship Programme

Leonid Tome Da Costa Joaquim

Institution: Hospital Militar de Maputo
Country of work: Mozambique

What is your motivation for pursuing a career in HIV clinical service delivery?

I live in a country where the prevalence of HIV is high, around 13.5%. When I was a medical student, I had the opportunity to take care of people living with HIV. Many of them were in-patients with complicated comorbidities and I saw many of them dying. From that moment, a question came to my mind: why is this disease killing so many people? In addition, so many other questions kept bothering me. I started to dedicate myself to studying more about this disease. Since graduating, I work in a unit for care and treatment of people living with HIV. I am grateful to have the opportunity to help them to manage this disease, giving social support and offering treatment to them to achieve viral load suppression and helping pregnant women deliver healthy babies.

How do you anticipate using the knowledge learned once back in your home country?

As a coordinator, I will be able to offer advanced care and treatment options to my patients and promote meetings to transmit the knowledge to my colleagues all over the country. I will also discuss prevention strategies and adjust to the specifics of my country. The goal is to combine efficient treatment and prevention strategies in order to mitigate this pandemic.