Earlier this month, community groups across London joined ViiV Healthcare at our headquarters for a full-day skills workshop. The workshop enabled ViiV Healthcare employees to share their expertise, knowledge and skills, to support charities in their efforts to expand the reach and support they provide people living with and affected by HIV.
ViiV Healthcare experts organised workshops on a range of subjects from social media, to financial management through recruitment – following requests from the community groups themselves.
Angelina Namiba, a UK-based activist with 16 years of experience working in the HIV sector, attended the day. Most recently she has worked on projects with Positively UK and the Salamander Trust, and is a patron of the National HIV Nurses Association. Angelina is also on the board of the Positive Action for Children Fund.
We caught up with Angelina to ask her about her experience:
What was different or rewarding about the Skills Workshop for you, as opposed to other development opportunities?
The workshop around enhancing my social media skills was the one that was different and rewarding for me. Social media skills, although very relevant and necessary for today's personal and professional lives are not routinely taught. As someone who is somewhat technologically challenged, it was great to have some of my questions answered.
How will you take what you learned/experienced back to your work?
I provide updates at a series of workshops that I co-facilitate for Mentor Mothers living with HIV across the UK, as part of Salamander Trust’s perinatal peer mentoring project. The skills enhanced at this workshop will help with this project, as will they help in my future work.
What do you find valuable about collaborating with ViiV Healthcare?
What I find valuable about collaborating with ViiV Healthcare is their commitment to recognising that making drugs for HIV is more than just the process of producing and promoting their products. ViiV Healthcare understands that it is very much about working with and supporting grassroots organisations and communities of people living with HIV. It is definitely what I find most valuable about collaborating with ViiV Healthcare.
Why is it important that we fight HIV together?
It is important that we fight HIV together because achieving an HIV free generation is more than people popping pills. It involves and indeed requires collaboration of all the key players involved in addressing the global HIV issues: people living with HIV, community based organisations who support them, advocates and advocacy initiatives including or led by people living with HIV, healthcare providers who care for their clinical needs, funders, governments and the drug companies that provide the life saving drugs that keep us alive.