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Winifred Ikilai

National Forum of People Living with HIV & AIDS Networks in Uganda

Winifred is an HIV Prevention Advocate & Public Health practitioner with a Bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies from Makerere University. Over the last eight years, Winifred has coordinated both HIV and sexual and reproductive health programming throughout Uganda. Winifred has worked with DREAMS, a PEPFAR support subprogram, to prevent young women from acquiring HIV/AIDS and with the “Partnership to Inspire & Connect the HIV response” and “Advocacy for Better Health” projects to create a platform for people living with HIV to demand integrated and high-quality HIV/SRHR services. Winifred is committed to creating awareness around HIV prevention and combatting stigma through community outreach and her social media platforms.

Why I Want to Work on HIV Prevention Advocacy in 2020

I am committed to working on HIV prevention because HIV/AIDS remains a major challenge in Uganda. My goal is to ensure that all people living with HIV are able to access the appropriate treatment and support to maintain adherence. HIV Prevention strategies like “Treatment as Prevention” have proven to be effective in reducing transmission through viral load suppression and are necessary to achieve epidemic control. Although Uganda has adopted the test and treat strategy, there are gaps in implementation that include inadequate preparedness and lack of treatment literacy. I will focus my advocacy on advocating for effective implementation of this policy and for adequate coverage of the 95-95-95 targets for treatment.

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