The UNAIDS is the first UN programme to have civil society formally represented on its governing body. The NGO Delegation to the UNAIDS Program Coordinating Board (PCB) has three roles:
Civil Society Representation on the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board
Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Alliance Uganda represented by Martha Clara Nakato
Martha Clara Nakato is a Health Rights Advocate who is skilled in program management, Policy Advocacy and youth movement building in the fields of HIV/AIDS, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Gender programming. She works with the SRHR Alliance Uganda as the Community of Action Facilitator for the WE LEAD program in Uganda.
Martha Clara is experienced in national and global HIV prevention and comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) advocacy with emphasis on the promotion of young people’s leadership in HIV prevention, access to SRHR and policy development. She has developed a strong national and regional reputation for championing community rights and needs in the HIV/AIDS response with her consistent efforts in fighting HIV inequalities like stigma and discrimination and advocating for progress in the implementation of innovative approaches that ensure adolescents, as well as key and marginalised populations have access to appropriate, responsive, quality HIV and SRHR services.
She is one of the Global Faces of the fight for the sixth Global Fund Replenishment and contributor to the “People’s Voice” for PEPFAR COP20. She continues to actively engage in the Global Fund and PEPFAR COP processes in her country to ensure young people’s needs are incorporated in these decision making platforms. She is also a former HIV Epidemic Response (HER Voice Fund) Ambassador and has engaged in various policy and advocacy decision making spaces both nationally and internationally.
Before taking up her role at SRHR Alliance, Martha worked as the Policy and Advocacy Officer at the Ugandan Network of Young People Living with HIV. (UNYPA).
The Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Alliance Uganda is a consortium of organisations that stand for and promote young people’s SRHR. Each organisation has a strong niche, expertise, and experience in key aspects of Policy and Advocacy, SRHR programming for vulnerable and marginalised groups of adolescents and young people at grassroots and national level.
The SRHR Alliance is comprised of Eight (8) founding members and over 40 affiliate community based, youth-led and women led organisations. The founding members are; Reproductive Health Uganda, Reach A Hand Uganda, Straight Talk Foundation, Family Life Education Program, Center for Health Human Rights & Development, Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV and AIDS, Restless Development, and the National Forum of People Living with HIV and AIDS Networks in Uganda.
The SRHR Alliance and all its members work towards strengthening youth leadership and ensuring that all young people in their diversity have access to high quality, responsive and youth friendly SRHR information and services within a supportive social and legal environment.
Zambia Network of Young People Living with HIV - (ZNYP+) represented by Myles John Mwansa
Myles John Mwansa is the Executive Director for the Zambian Network of Young People Living with HIV (ZNYP+). He is an expert in SRH/HIV with a background on Development Issues affecting people living with HIV. Experienced in SRHR/HIV prevention, strategies, through community collaboration and best practice approach interventions. He works with young people and provides peers support and leadership in achieving an objectives on a specific target and goals that strengthens youths, adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), and Adolescents Boys and Young Men to have a meaningful voice in decisions making that affect their health, having a youth-designed and peer-supported HIV linkage and retention program integrated into public health facilities, as well as linking Adolescents and young people to different platforms that creates impact to the needs of adolescents that addresses major issue that concerns Adolescents and Young People living with HIV.
The Zambian Network of Young People Living with HIV (ZNYP+) Is a National Organization for young people living with HIV.ZNYP+ aims to improve the quality of life of young people living with HIV and those affected by pursuing support, communication, and representation on issues affecting them by using community structures and youth -friendly spaces. The network supports adolescent girls and young people living with HIV in project programming and advocacy both at national and international level in fostering HIV care and adherence to free HIV by 2030. It plays a key role in promoting community approach in reaching to young key populations in different diverse. The network has been implementing different projects for the past years through collaboration with different partners both locally and internationally.
APCOM Foundation represented by Midnight Poonkasetwattana
Midnight is the Executive Director of APCOM Foundation, an organization based in Bangkok, Thailand. He is also a member of various advisory committees, including the International Advisory Group of Dignity Network; Global Working Group for IDAHOBIT; World Health Organisation Global PrEP Coalition and Guidelines Development Group for HIV Testing Services; and, ASHM’s Regional Advisory Group leading on Key Populations of the Taskforce on BBVs, Sexual Health and COVID-19. In 2016, Midnight gave the Closing Plenary Statement at the 2016 High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS at the UN General Assembly.
APCOM Foundation was established in as a non-profit organisation in 2007, working on issues affecting gay men, other men who have sex with men, and diverse SOGIESC communities in the Asia Pacific region. The organization works on areas of human rights, including health and sexual rights, and participation of communities of diverse SOGIESC in achieving sustainable development. APCOM works in partnership with governments, donors, the United Nations, development partners, and most importantly, the community and civil society organisations working to advance SOGIESC rights, and alleviate HIV in the Asia Pacific region.
Trans United Europe - BPOC Trans Network represented by Erika Castellanos
Trans United Europe is a sex worker umbrella NGO for Trans Black People of Color (BPOC) and migrants from the global south. TUEU currently has sister organizations and safe spaces in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Brussels, Paris, and Barcelona. The BPOC trans organizations run important community and peer-led HIV and STI prevention programs that include HRT care by our doctors. We combine HRT care with HIV prevention including PREP and redirection to academic HIV Care centers. BPOC trans people are also active in anti-racism activism.
Erika Castellanos is committed to the empowerment of trans, gender diverse and intersex communities. Erika started her activism on HIV and sex workers issues and has lived expertise as a person living with HIV, sex worker, drug use, incarcerated and migrant. Erika uses her diverse background to connect with and support communities who are under-served. She is a social worker, studied LGBTI health research at the University of Pittsburgh and is currently pursuing advancing her education in public health. In addition to her involvement at Trans United Europe, Erika is engaged in multiple platforms in various capacities, including the Communities Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund, her work at Global Action for Trans Equality and participation in peer-review granting bodies.
Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) represented by Aleksey Lakhov
Aleksey Lakhov has more than 15 years of experience in the area of HIV and AIDS, viral hepatitis, substance use, and harm reduction. His work experiences include being the Development Director of the largest Russian harm reduction organization "Humanitarian Action" (Saint Petersburg); General Manager of the Harm Reduction NGOs Coalition "Outreach" (Tallinn, Estonia); Steering Committee member of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association; and World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) consultant. Aleksey has participated in numerous research initiatives for peer-reviewed journals on new psychoactive substances and online harm reduction. He has authored a web outreach manual for the UNODC Programme Office in Eastern Europe.
The Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA) is a non-for-profit public membership-based organization uniting 324 harm reduction activists and organizations from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia based in Lithuania. Its mission is to actively unite and support communities and civil society to ensure the rights, freedoms, health, and well-being of people who use psychoactive substances in the EECA region.
Fundación Huésped represented by Gastón Devisich
Fundación Huésped is an Argentine organization with regional scope that has been working in public health since 1989, aiming to guarantee access to health and control of diseases. With a focus on HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, COVID-19, diseases preventable by vaccines and other transmisible diseases such as dengue and zika, as well as sexual and reproductive health, our main approach includes researching and developing practical solutions related to public health policies in our country and region. We also carry out mass-media, innovative and high-impact communication and prevention actions through a constant presence in media and social networks.
Gastón Devisich is the Community Engagement Coordinator at Fundación Huésped, an organization member of Coalition Plus, where, he serves as the liaison between gay, bisexual and other men having sex with men and the projects implemented by the organization, especially in regards to scientific research. He is in charge of catalyzing emerging demands from the community that could lead to the design of new interventions, reporting back to the community with scientific updates and promoting meaningful participation of the communities in HIV Research & Development. Gastón began his service to the community being a peer-support group facilitator and peer-educator for the Argentinean Network of Young People and Adolescents Living with HIV (RAJAP). He became a long-time member of the organization's committee after having been elected as the Coordinator of the ART Adherence Area and the Institutional Development Area, which he also co-created.
Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL) represented by Xavier Biggs
Xavier Biggs is the Monitoring & Evaluation Manager at Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL). He has been working in Civil Society (CSO) for the last 12 years. He is credited for transforming monitoring, evaluation and learning at JASL and the wider HIV CSO response in Jamaica by establishing standardised tools and knowledge products that are hailed as best practices by partners and have been adapted and adopted locally and across the Caribbean. He also provides technical support to the Strategic Information Unit of the Ministry of Health and Wellness through his participation in a series of technical working groups. Xavier is passionate about data-driven intervention and tries to ensure that the programs designed for PLHIV and other Key Populations (i.e., MSM, Transgender and SW) are grounded in the correct context. His experience includes the management of donor projects including those facilitated by USAID/PEPFAR and the Global FUND. His training includes Knowledge Management for Global Health Professionals at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a First Degree in Social Policy and Development from the University of the West Indies and he is currently pursuing a Master's in Epidemiology. Xavier is also a car lover, enjoys road trips and listens to a wide range of music.
Transgender Law Center (TLC) represented by Cecilia Chung
Cecilia Chung is the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Evaluation at Transgender Law Center. She is a Health Commissioner of San Francisco and an internationally recognized civil rights leader in the LGBT and HIV community. Cecilia has previously served as the Co-Chair of GNP+ and is currently a member of the WHO Advisory Council of Women Living with HIV. In 2015, Cecilia founded Positively Trans, a network of transgender and nonbinary people living with HIV.
Transgender Law Center (TLC) is the largest national trans-led organization advocating for a world in which all people are free to define themselves and their futures. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation.
Prevention Access Campaign (PAC) represented by Christian Hui
Christian Hui (he/they; Undetectable) is a queer poz settler currently residing in the Dish with One Spoon Territory, Turtle Island/Toronto, Canada, and is the Senior Global Community Advisor at Prevention Access Campaign. A co-founder of two people living with HIV/AIDS networks, Ontario Positive Asians (OPA+) and the Canadian Positive People Network, Christian possesses living and professional experiences supporting and collaborating with a diverse community of people living with HIV/AIDS, including members of ethnocultural and migrant communities, 2SLGBTIQ+ people, people who use/inject drugs, people who have experienced incarceration, and people living with HIV/HCV co-infection. Christian was selected to serve as a civil society representative on the Canadian Delegation to the 2016 UN High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, and is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Vanier Scholar currently completing a PhD program in Policy Studies at X (Ryerson)1 University with interest in ending health inequities through the co-creation of policies with policy actors and the affected communities.
Prevention Access Campaign (PAC) is a health equity initiative to end the dual epidemics of HIV and HIV-related stigma by empowering people with and vulnerable to HIV with accurate and meaningful information about their social, sexual, and reproductive health. PAC’s Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U), launched in early 2016 by a group of people living with HIV, is a growing global community of HIV advocates, activists, researchers, and over 1,050 Community Partners from 105 countries uniting to clarify and disseminate the revolutionary fact that people living with HIV who are on treatment and have an undetectable viral load cannot sexually transmit HIV. At PAC, we believe our collective celebration of U=U is undermined if our access to HIV diagnostics, treatment, and healthcare is not universal, and we will continue to fight for universal access for all people with HIV regardless of what barriers may exist and regardless of where they may live.