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:

  • Participating objectively and independently in the workings and decision-making of the PCB
  • Undertaking various forms of proactive and informed advocacy within the structures and processes of the PCB;
  • Enhancing the transparency and accountability of relevant PCB decision-making and policy-setting, helping to meet requirements for upwards accountability (towards the PCB and other delegations) and downwards accountability (towards the people, communities and constituencies affected by HIV)

Civil Society Representation on the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board

Africa

Iwatutu Joyce Adewole

African Girl Child Development and Support Initiative is a community-based organization founded in 2015 in Nigeria focused on Sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescent girls and young women. The organization carries out research and advocacy to influence policies and programs that address the linkage between HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, and sexual and gender-based violence. AGCDSI is a member of the SHEWE coalition under the guidance of International Community of Women Living with HIV (West Africa Region) to advance and bridge SRHR information gaps of adolescent girls and young women living with HIV.

Iwatutu Joyce Adewole is dedicated to creating safe communities for women and girls through policy advocacy, information dissemination and community building. She works with youth-led organizations to design and implement responsive sexual and reproductive health programs and the evidence-based strategy around HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB interventions and support implementation of the strategy for mainstreaming gender and social inclusion and a human rights approach in programme activities. She is the Partnership & Resource Mobilization working group Lead for The PACT, a coalition of youth-led and youth-serving organizations working within the sexual and reproductive health and HIV movement.

Mubanga Chimumbwa

Mubanga Chimumbwa is a founder/consultant for the Zambia Network of Young People Living with HIV - (ZNYP+). He is a social scientist with a background on Social Developmental Monitoring & Evaluation and SSP Data Analysis. Mubanga is experienced in project management on adolescent SRHR/HIV prevention, strategies, and policy development. His key strengths are in key population program management planning and Data Analysis using evidence-based research responses to health-related issues. Mubanga is a former board member of African Young Positives - (AY+) for the Southern Region of Africa. He has also contributed to the Global Network of Young People Living with HIV (Y+) transitional leadership and advocacy of adolescent programming youth tailored approaches. He has worked for Family Health International (FHI360) Zambia and implemented projects for USAID.

The Zambia 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 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 levels 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 universities. The network has been implementing different projects for the past years through collaboration of different partners both locally and internationally.

Asia and the Pacific

Charanjit Sharma

Indian Drug Users Forum (IDUF) is a National level forum that promotes the meaningful involvement of people who use drugs (PWUD) in policy and program development. The core belief behind the formation of IDUF is that PWUD living in various parts of the country coming together with one voice can make a bigger impact on the current situation of drug related issues, and can work more effectively towards creating a better environment for PWUD. IDUF believes that grassroots democratic organizing among PWUD at the local, regional, and national level can serve as the building blocks for a social movement that has the strength, determination and staying power to fundamentally change drug policy and programmes that affect the lives of drug users.

Charanjit Sharma brings nearly two decades of professional experience in the fields of drug use, HIV/AIDS, and human rights of people who use drugs. As an activist he is associated with the global Harm Reduction movement, key members of developing guidelines for harm reduction in India and beyond. He is a founding member and currently advisor to Indian Drug Users Forum (IDUF). He started his association with harm reduction as peer educator and is now working as Program Manager of Drug use & harm reduction with Alliance India. Recently, he was instrumental in advocating with India CCM in securing 10 million USD from the Global Fund for direct support, specifically for HIV key population emergency needs during and after effect of COVID-19..


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.

Europe

Dinah Bons

Dinah de Riquet-Bons is an LGBTQI+ /Trans lobbyist and HIV and AIDS and sex work activist. She is currently the duo chair for the bicultural trans sexworker organization, Trans United Europe - BPOC Trans Network. Dinah is also the chair of the European Sex Workers Rights Alliance (ESWA) and board member of the Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP). As former the strategic director of Transgender Europe operating from Berlin, Dinah helped shape transgender rights and policies for the European Union. Her activism started in 1991 with Act UP NYC as an adolescent living with HIV in the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color LGBTIQ community. Dinah was also part of the ballroom scene for the House of XTravaganza. She started her HIV activism in Europe with HIV Vereniging Nederland, in which she was a board member. Dinah is also a 51-year old politician with BIJ 1, and she intends to run for Amsterdam city council member in the upcoming elections.

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.

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.

Latin America and the Caribbean

Jumoke Patrick

The Jamaican Network of Seropositives (JN+) is a national network which advocates for the rights and concerns of people living with and affected by HIV, through empowerment, partnership, and resource mobilization. JN+ provide support to the community of People living with HIV through capacity building projects/programmes using our Positive Health Dignity Prevention curriculum (PHDP). The organization receives complaints of HIV-related stigma and discrimination and other human rights violations against persons living with HIV and appropriately address through the Jamaica Anti-Discrimination System for HIV (JADS).

Jumoke Patrick is the Executive Director of the Jamaican network of Seropositives. Patrick’s training and work in the social development industry with non-government organisations as well as the public and private sector has been specifically targeted at improving the lives of Key Populations especially People Living with and affected by HIV made vulnerable by socio-cultural norms, stigma and discrimination other development factors. Jumoke has managed and coordinated many projects for local and multinational agencies including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (Pepfar), UNAIDS etc. Jumoke has also done extensive work with the LGBT community, working with Equality for All Foundation, previously Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (JFLAG), as a Policy and Programme Manager. This young man hosts a wealth of experience and resourcefulness and has already made significant contributions to Jamaica and its communities of vulnerable people.

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.

North America

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.

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.

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