The network members will be represented by a steering committee of 10 members from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and countries in Africa. The steering committee will act as the final decision-making authority of the network.
Alice KAYONGO is a public health worker and human rights advocate with 16 years’ development experience working largely with civil society where she has held several positions. In addition to her academic training, she has more than 13 years of experience working with extremely vulnerable and voiceless grassroots communities affected by HIV on health literacy, advocacy, and empowerment.
During that time, she has developed a passion for advocacy—in particular, speaking out to relevant officials on behalf of voiceless communities, to demand for solutions. Together with these communities, she has worked to identify key advocacy priorities in a manner that triggers ownership and increases the communities’ meaningful participation.
Additionally, Alice is an active researcher with in the health, women’s and children’s rights development sector in Uganda, Africa and internationally. Her research interests for the health development sector are in outcomes of public-private partnership for health and outreach the impetus for community mobilization and engagement in monitoring and evaluation of health service
delivery at community level. Alice has proven record in conducting research on Health Systems Strengthening with particular emphasis on task shifting to improve indicators on Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission of HIV. She has vast experience conducting research amongst and for young women and adolescent girls in vulnerable communities of the region. She volunteers in
several boards including the Public Health Ambassadors Uganda board, the Health GAP board as well as the Uhuru Institute Board.
Dr. Manasseh Phiri
Dr Mannasseh Phiri is a retired medical practitioner - who practiced medicine and Health Services Management in ZCCM, GRZ and in private practice for nearly 30 years. Post-retirement, he is a well-known HIV and AIDS activist/advocate and consultatnt, with interests
Dr. Morenike Ukpong
Dr. Ukpong Coordinates the New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society (NHVMAS). She has participated in several agenda‐setting initiatives relating to biomedical HIV prevention technology research and ethics issues nationally, regionally and internationally. Her target population of interest are adolescents, key populations and LGBTI. Work areas encompass
Maureen Luba Milambe
Maureen Luba, is a board Member of the International Partnership for Microbicides and a passionate champion for young women’s health. She is also a member of the National Health Science Research Committee in Malawi whose mandate is to promote, support, coordinate, and regulate research and development in the fields of infectious diseases, health systems, reproductive health, environmental health, nutrition, non-communicable diseases, social and behavioral research, trauma and rehabilitation, mental health and other health related areas. Maureen is a 2015 AVAC fellow who is very passionate about HIV prevention for young women and girls. She is a tireless advocate for HIV prevention programming in PEPFAR and the Global Fund funded projects. She currently coordinates a Regional Advocacy project, COMPASS, that aims at building the capacity and enhancing the participation of Civil Society Coalitions in Malawi, Tanzania and Zimbabwe in Global, PEPFAR and National government decision making processes
based in Nairobi, Kenya. Ms Mburu is a global health advocate and civil society leader in Africa working to create political will for improved health outcomes in Africa. Her areas of expertise include policy analysis; building political support for health outcomes; influencing decision making processes; mobilizing civil society and community voices for action; and promoting good participatory practice in clinical trials.
Ms Mburu has extensively worked on building and strengthening civil society and community organizing for health Advocacy in Africa. She oversees the Civil Society Platform on Health in Africa (CiSPHA); the Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN)- Africa hub; and the Africa free of New HIV Infections (AfNHi) Network. She is a member of the Vaccine Advocacy Resource Group (VARG). Mburu is the Southern CSO representative on UHC2030.
Ms Mburu has published several peer-reviewed articles and blogs including on: clinical trial ethics- International Journal of Clinical Practice; investments in HIV Prevention Research- African Journal of Reproductive Health; Biomedical HIV Prevention- BMC Proceedings; and strengthening primary health care- Lancet Global Health blog.
Ms Mburu holds a Masters in Public Health (MPH), Ohio University and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Frostburg State University.
Ntando Yola has over a decade involved in the field of clinical research, mobilizing and engaging with communities mostly in HIV prevention trials. He has done most of his work in association with research conducted through the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation and its global network where he started as a Community Liaison Officer in Cape Town. His HIV prevention research involvement started with phase 1 HIV vaccine trials where he worked and grew with these communities advancing science progress through their involvement.
Out of this work he realized a need and became involved in HIV prevention advocacy and in 2013 was a fellow through Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention (AVAC). This is where his muscle for advocacy was strengthened and became part of the HIV prevention advocacy movement. At the core to his HIV prevention advocacy work is ensuring that intersections between research, communities and factors that affect communities are recognizable. He believes along with many advocates that success to combat the effects of HIV, especially in Africa, lies in integrating commitments and efforts of biomedicine with human rights informed programming. Science alone will fail if governments, developmental organizations and businesses or trade, anchored by involvement of community voices and participation are not collectively party to development. As part of all his work, Ntando is a member of various networks in country, regionally and globally to advance science, engage communities and advocate for policies towards ending AIDS.
Friedel works as an advocate for HIV prevention, care and support, human rights and specifically focusses his attention on access to biomedical prevention and treatment tools for LGBTIQ+ individuals living with HIV in Namibia and across the subregion. Diagnosed with HIV in 1999 when treatment options were still unavailable in Namibia, his advocacy started around stemming the scaremongering and negative rhetoric that encourages stigmatization and discrimination of PLHIV. Currently, Friedel is the Director of the national LGBTIQ+ organisations, Out-Right Namibia, which seeks to overturn unfair anti-LGBTIQ+ laws and to ensure that the prevention, care and support initiatives and research to ensure that marginalized communities are not left behind. Friedel coordinated the Diversity Alliance of Namibia which brings together civil society organisations which advocates for equal rights and non-discrimination of feminist women’s rights, sex worker rights and LGBTIQ+ rights. Friedel studied Psychology and German language at undergraduate level and currently has pursued further studies in health economics and currently in public and community health science.
Sydney Tetteh Hushie
Sydney Tetteh Hushie is a founding member of the Children and Youth in Broadcasting- Curious Minds, a child
and youth rights advocacy organization based in Ghana with reach across the continent. His work in HIV and
AIDS advocacy stems from a passion for creative safe spaces and protecting the rights of children and youth.
He has been involved in health advocacy at the country, regional and international levels through his work with the Global Youth Coalition on HIV and AIDS, AfriYAN and Society for AIDS in Africa. His advocacy work involves country negotiations at the UN and AU, campaigning in hostile environments to protect peoples rights. Sydney has served as community coordinator for the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa where he mobilized Civil Society engagement in the conference. He is an active steering committee member of the Africa Civil Society Plantform for Health fighting for Universal Health coverage through effective domestic financing and provision of vaccines for all. Sydney holds a Masters in International Law from the University of Cumbria, UK and a bachelors in Economics from the Central University, Ghana