17 Jan 2018

Announcement of Communities Delegation Board and Alternate Board Member

Communities Delegation to the Unitaid Board appoints Mr Kenly Sikwese as Board Member and Ms Faith Nakigudde as Alternate Board Member

17 January 2018 (Geneva, Switzerland) —  The Communities Delegation of people living with and affected by HIV, TB and malaria and those coinfected with HIV and HCV (Communities Delegation) to the Unitaid Board is delighted to announce the appointments of Mr Kenly Sikwese as the Board Member, and Ms Faith Nakigudde as the Alternate Board Member. They have both started their terms on 1st January 2018 and serve until 31st December 2019.

Photo: Kenly Sikwese

Mr Kenly Sikwese is currently the Coordinator at the African Community Advisory Board (AFROCAB-HIV) whose goal is to advocate for greater access to quality anti-HIV treatment (drugs, diagnostics and services) for all PLHIV in sub-Sahara Africa. Kenly, a Zambian national, is a former Africa Delegate to the UNAIDS PCB NGO Delegation, Co-Chair of the UNAIDS Treatment Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, Member of the INTEREST Virology Workshop/Conference and IAPAC Adherence Organising and Scientific Committees. He is strong advocate for community participation in clinical trials and other research. Kenly is also a former member of the WHO ARV treatment guidelines (2013) and testing guidelines. He is a regular speaker at regional and international conferences on issues affecting PLHIV and a former member of the Robert Carr Fund Steering Committee.


Photo: Faith Nakigudde

Ms Faith Nakigudde comes from Uganda, a Unitaid implementing country and has 14 years experience working with Communities in Malaria and HIV in Africa.  She has served on several boards in Uganda including the Malaria and Early Childhood Illnesses (MACIS) and the CCM for Global Fund in Uganda representing Communities living and affected by Malaria. Living with HIV for 9 years and coming from a family where 4 of her family members died from HIV/AIDS, Faith comes on board with experience of the many issues affecting people living and Affected by HIV and Malaria. Faith is a Public Health Specialist working with Wentz Medical Center / Renewal Healthcare Network, she manages the program and four other health facilities under the Network focusing on issues of affordability and accessibility of healthcare services.

We would like to take the opportunity to express our gratitude and immense appreciation to out-going Board Member Ms Gracia Violeta Ross Quiroga for her leadership, enthusiasm and commitment during her tenure as Board Member of the Communities Delegation.



Wim Vandevelde

Liaison Officer, Communities Delegation



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