05 Jul 2017
GNP+ Welcomes New Board Members!
Amsterdam, The Netherlands – The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) is pleased to announce the appointment of six outstanding community leaders to our 2017 Board of Directors, Julian Kerboghossian (Lebanon), Nelson Juma Otwoma (Kenya), Trevor Stratton (Canada), Svitlana Moroz (Ukraine), Phelister Wamboi Abdalla (Kenya) and Jacquelyne Alesi (Uganda).
The new members are joining the remaining team, Javier Hourcade Bellocq (Argentina), EriKa Castellanos (Belize), Jaime Luna (Panama), Chinmay Modi (India), Flavia Kyomukama (Uganda), L’Orangelis Thomas Negrón (Caribbean/Puerto Rico) and Chris Mallouris (Cyprus) to round out GNP+’s newly revitalized governance body. The representation of our new Board reflects GNP+’s longstanding commitment to further the meaningful inclusion of people living with HIV from all regions and key population communities, across genders, sexual orientation, and age groups.
According to Board Chair, Javier Hourcade Bellocq, “these new members were selected via a competitive open call that sought to complement and diversify GNP+’s existing governance body. The members bring not only their individual expertise in this work but also a passion and enthusiasm for GNP+’s mission and shared dedication for building on our past success”.
Over the next few months, the Board will be focused on updating the organization’s strategic plan and strengthening our core competencies to better meet the on-the-ground needs of the regional and national networks of people living with HIV and global key population constituencies that we represent.
In welcoming the new Board members, Dr. Laurel Sprague, Executive Director of GNP+, said, “each of our Board members brings deep community knowledge, a passion for advocacy and a longstanding commitment to the global fight for the health, safety and human rights of all people living with HIV and other key populations. The Board is now well positioned to lead GNP+ to a new level of visibility, influence, and impact that will enable us to strengthen the long term viability of networks of people living with HIV. The GNP+ Secretariat looks forward to working with the Board to advance our ambitious agenda as we continue the fight for universal access to healthcare and human rights for all people living with HIV.
Founded in 1992, GNP+ is a network of networks and members that engage with people living with HIV regionally and nationally, we channel the voices and needs of people living with HIV on the ground to the global level and share information from the global level to the grassroots. We also work to identify and address the capacity building needs of networks of people living with HIV and people who are part of broader key population identities and communities, including young people. GNP+ addresses stigma, discrimination and human rights violations in tandem with advocacy for greater access to comprehensive and integrated treatment, care and support programs and services for all people living with HIV.