Lucy currently heads Kenya’s chapter of the International Community of Women Living with HIV, working to ensure that women’s rights are respected and promoted. She recently joined the Multistakeholder Task Team for UNAIDS to explore ways to enhance reporting on and funding for community-led HIV responses. After Lucy tested HIV positive in 2002, she mobilized communities to fight the pandemic. She left her teaching job in 2007 and joined NEPHAK, a not-for-profit organization governed by and for persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) in Kenya, as a program officer. She also served as a community representative for the new TB vaccine working group of the Stop TB Partnership, and served on the gender technical working group of National AIDS Control Council (NACC), Kenya, as well as the ART for prevention working group of the National AIDS and STI Control Program (NASCOP).
Lucy sensitized communities on the benefits of early ART initiation, resulting in demand creation for early treatment. She helped develop the Kenya PLHIV Manifesto, which was well received by Kenya’s Vice President.
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I will continue deriving my motivation from the positive impact of HIV prevention research. I am optimistic that it will show a huge reduction in new HIV infection and quality life for those on treatment in the years to come.
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