The U=U conference Uganda 2019
William is a young positive leader working with Love to Love Organization as a peer educator and an HIV activist as well. William also came out publically that he is living with HIV via social media platforms after realizing that stigma and discrimination was so high among people living with HIV in his community especially his fellow young positives.
He has been working with LOVE TO LOVE since 2010. In 2017 he started championing the Undetectable Equals Untransmittable campaign (U=U) here in Uganda which was also a great honor for him to do a presentation at the U=U pre conference at the AIDS2018 in Amsterdam of which he addressed how the message is spread and how people get this message and factors that hinder the spreading of this message. In the same conference He was awarded the super hero award for spreading the U=U message using social media platforms.
Akumu Deborah Leticia
HIV Activist/peer educator
Leticia is a peer educator, adolescent/youth counselor, HIV advocate and activist for people living with HIV especially her fellow young positives and an HIV youth Champion.
She is an early childhood development teacher by profession.
She also working with Makerere University John Hopkins University Research collaboration Center (MUJHU).
Ssemuli Daniel Steven
Daniel is an HIV advocate, musician and a producer serving as Executive Director of Love To Love Organization. He came up with the idea of starting up love to love after facing a lot of hardships when he was growing up, so he teamed up with touched young people both affected and infected with HIV and that was the beginning of Love to Love organization. His aim was to support children and youth both affected and infected with HIV. He creates HIV awareness in local communities by use of various methods to educate the affected and infected people about the recent accurate and meaningful information about HIV. In 2017 He participated in a peace demonstration at ICASA 2017 with an aim of spreading the Undetectable Equals Untransmittable U=U message
Baker is a Clinician, HIV and Mental health advocate, a public health student and; Community Health Supervisor (Maternal and Child Sexual Reproductive health) Living Goods NGO. He is also a knowledge exchange volunteer at Mental Health Innovation Network responsible for sharing current information on HIV and Mental health related illnesses and disorders in Uganda.
Joan Mutesi Namulima
Joan is a peer Educator. She discovered her HIV status at a tender age at which she acquired the virus through blood transfusion. She has been working with Love to love organization since 2010. She has conducted a number of out reaches most especially in schools to educate students about HIV/AIDS. She always shared her life testimony of living with HIV and indeed it has inspired a lot of young men and women in the community especially those living with HIV to adhere well to their medication hence having hope for the cure.
Hussein is a member of Stigmaless band, an activist and a peer educator as well.
He found out that he was born with HIV from his grandma after the death of his mother. Kawuma battled with stigma in school till he came out publically to save lives of other fellow young people living with HIV. He is currently a great ambassador of young people living with HIV.
Flavia is a young mother born and living with HIV. Holds a degree in social sciences. She is a peer educator, PMTCT ambassador, Community advisory board member at Joint Clinical research Center, Global Community Representative for the ACTG, Youth coordinator stigmaless band, Y+ ambassador and EDCTP ambassador.
Her work has helped her gain experience in activism and counselling young positives to cope up with stigma and discrimination which has helped them to live a good positive life.
Kalibbala George William
George William Kalibbala is a strong, passionate and self-motivated public health laboratory technician with focus on diagnostics on body fluids for different infectious diseases, social media advocacy, scientific and evidence-based research on Sexually Transmitted Infections. He has experience working on HIV/AIDs programs and projects that advance the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights of young people and Adolescents.
George William has witnessed first-hand challenges faced by young people affected and infected by HIV/AIDs in rural Uganda (Rakai) the most HIV/AIDs affected district, those orphaned because of the disease to those who lack the relevant knowledge and information to make informed decisions and choices of a better life in Uganda.
Sharifah is a y+ ambassador, peer educator and she was born with HIV. She contested in the first Y+ beauty pageant in 2014 organized by Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV (UNYPA) and she became the first miss Y+. Currently she is working on the PATA project with Joint Clinical Research Center
Sharifah also fights for the rights of a girl child, in doing so she has helped them to believe in themselves so that they can stand on their own.
Abubank Joseph Mwebaze
Abubanks Joseph Mwebaze is a young positive leader working with Nsambya Home Care as a youth speaker and a volunteer under Youth Pamoja Nsambya. He has been doing his HIV advocacy for four years back after realizing his fellow young people living with HIV had fear, shame and stigma thus he came out publically to be their voice. He is tirelessly working on the U=U campaign in order to spread this message all over the entire country of Uganda.
Zziwa Erick Augustine
Erick holds a bachelor’s degree in Education and currently is pursuing his masters as well.
He was born with HIV. Erick is also a peer educator, activist, stigma fighter and the chairperson of young people living with HIV at Joint clinical research center. He is also a certified Liaison Volunteer in the same facility. He has been so supportive to his fellow young in terms of helping them to adhere well to their medication.
Ronald is a laboratory scientist working with Uganda Cares. He holds a diploma in medical laboratory Technology from Mulago paramedical schools and he is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical laboratory. He manages level two laboratory at Uganda cares by giving supervision and implementing HIV management and treatment polices since 2015. He is also a health director for Kanyanya SDA church team which performs HIV community counselling and screening to link clients to care and treatment.