The International AIDS Society’s Me and My Healthcare Provider campaign celebrates healthcare provider champions who provide stigma and discrimination free services to key populations affected by HIV whist promoting efforts to increase key populations’ access to services. To date, 46 healthcare champions from 19 countries and regions across the world have been recognized as part of this campaign.
In 2022, PATA was selected by the IAS to implement the campaign in South Africa and Zambia to:
- Highlight best practices around key population health and establish a community of good practice within clinics
- Showcase the importance of the client-provider relationship as a key element in delivering HIV prevention, care and treatment
- Recognise healthcare provider champions who are often overlooked heroes in the lives of many key population individuals
A total of eight nominations were received from adolescents and young people living with HIV as well as caregivers of children living with HIV, who wanted to draw attention to the healthcare provider champion who stands up for them and is always there to welcome, support and provide the services that they need in a way that is friendly.
These are the healthcare provider champions who are #DoingTheRightThing by delivering quality HIV prevention, treatment and care services to children, adolescents and young people living with HIV!
PATA celebrates the nominations received from across South Africa and Zambia. Thank you to these healthcare champions and their nominators, for demonstrating the importance of healthcare providers as the backbone of an effective HIV response.