My name is Doreen Moraa Moracha, a young woman living with HIV from Kenya, founder of I AM A BEAUTIFUL STORY, Social influencer championing HIV/AIDs stigma, Award winner of the Stigma Warrior award 2020 awarded by The International Stigma Conference, Organized the international Session of the 11th International stigma Conference where I was also a panelist speaking about using HUMAN Centered Design to fight HIV/AIDS stigma. I have been a panelist in different engagements such as the African Stigma Forum, The Young Africans Unite: Claiming our Rights to health and Social Justice webinar by the Ready Movement and Global, I was part of the COVID 19 and Young people Project by UNICEF and Y+ Global and currently I’m working with GNP+ on developing tools to be used for implementation of UHC among communities of people Living with HIV where I am the Project manager and Peer consultant for my country Kenya. I also represent the HIV constituency in the Beijing +25 youth task force by UN-Women, I’m also a member of the Beyond Living Life force under GNP+,ICW and Y+Global,In 2019,I was highlighted by WHOAFRO as one of the youth champions for their campaign “Tea on HIV” which was showcased at ICASA 2019,I was also a panelist in the Inter-Generational session of the 4th STC on Gender Equality and women empowerment in Addis Ababa Ethiopia I also gave a short speech at the African Union and I was also a speaker in the YWCA council in Johannesburg for the Intergenerational panel.
My initiative I AM A BEAUTIFUL STORY is meant to create hope and awareness and also encourage people living with HIV that there is a beautiful life even after a HIV positive diagnosis. I am using my story of living with HIV to encourage other people living with HIV like me that HIV is a manageable health condition. What keeps me going is that one day I want to see a stigma free society and that starts with normalizing the HIV conversation in our daily lives.
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