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Lilian Benjamin Mwakyosi, MD

Tanzania Youth Alliance - 2018 Fellow

Lilian is a youth advocate who for the past four years has volunteered at TAYOA (Tanzania Youth Alliance) as a peer educator and counselor for a national health hotline, providing information, counseling and referral services to clients. Lilian also served as a differentiated care youth champion, advocating for different ART delivery models for young people living with HIV in Tanzania. She strongly believes in the meaningful engagement of young people to bring out positive change including preventing new HIV transmission and ending AIDS. Lilian attained her medical degree in 2017 at Hubert Kairuki Memorial University based in Dar es Salaam.

Why I Want to Advocate for HIV Prevention in 2018
As the world committed to boldly ending AIDS epidemic by 2030, it is essential that we invest in various new ways of preventing HIV to maximize the ZERO-AIDS effect we desire. It all begins with raising awareness of the available options, adequate knowledge on how they work and the flexibility to adapt to them without leaving behind those at highest risk.

AVAC Advocacy Fellows Project: Rolling out HIV Self-Test (HIVST) and PrEP in Tanzania, #youthperspective
Lilian’s advocacy objectives are twofold: to mobilize adolescent girls and young women to demand PrEP access and to lower the age of consent for PrEP and HIVST, which currently stands at 18 years; and to push for rollout policies and guidelines around HIV self-testing, specifically as they relate to young women, which currently do not exist. To reach these goals, Lilian documents young women’s voices to inform policy development within Tanzania’s National AIDS Control Program. She also provides combination HIV prevention training to hotline workers who reach 10’s of thousands of callers a day.


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