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Victor Lakay

Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) - 2010 Fellow

Victor is a community activist with a strong desire to build a society that offers a better and just life for all. He is currently pursuing a B.A. in development studies from the University of Western Cape, and works as the National Community Health Advocacy Coordinator for the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) based in Johannesburg. Victor is a member of the Lesbian and Gay Equality Project, formerly the National Coalition for Gay and Lesbian Equality, an organization which challenged discriminatory provisions that governed South Africa and won equal rights for lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and inter-sex (LGTBI) persons. He is also a member of the Alternative Information & Development Center (AIDC), an organization contributing to the development of alternatives to the challenges of the currently dominant global economic system. This is done through research, information production or dissemination, popular education, campaigning and coalition building. As a student, he actively participated in the fight against apartheid, something that he takes great pride in. He has previously worked as a consultant for the Parliamentary Monitoring Group, The Equality Project and the South African National AIDS Council in different capacities.

Fellowship Focus: Victor brought extensive community organizing experience to projects related to South African community engagement with key prevention research advocacy. His project focused on advocacy efforts on male circumcision, microbicides, and PrEP. He also conducted a situational analysis of the application research findings and prevention methods in culturally appropriate manners. He effectively advocated for the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and their rights to access a comprehensive prevention package of care. He also worked to develop leaders among PLWHA and women within TAC who advocated for the right to access quality social services, treatment and prevention. Additionally he worked towards improving science-based knowledge on health, health rights and policy literacy through research, and strengthening advocacy and leadership at the local, district and provincial levels in South Africa. His vast experience of working with TAC and sitting on different boards was very useful.

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