The Board and Secretariat of the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) are pleased to announce that Georgina Caswell has been appointed as the new Head of Programmes.
Georgina’s work has always been grounded in a belief that people living with HIV have a relevant and important role in defining and shaping the HIV response; and she brings with her extensive programming and implementation experience which has seen her manage diverse community-led HIV programmes, providing oversight and technical leadership to large-scale multi-country programmes focused on HIV prevention, treatment, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and stigma and discrimination.
Georgina was the programme manager at GNP+ from 2008 – 2013, where she supported networks of people living with HIV to build their research and advocacy skills to access prevention and treatment information and services. Returning to GNP+ is like coming home for Georgina.
“I am excited about the opportunity to work with GNP+ again to support work on treatment access, to address stigma and promote quality of life. I would like to help build and strengthen strong partnerships and solidarity with national networks of people living with HIV. I am particularly excited to work with young leaders living with HIV as we generate and push forward new ideas,” says Georgina.
Georgina was most recently a Programme Manager at Frontline AIDS where she was leading a range of programmes aimed at building resilient and empowered adolescents and young people. Georgina is a proud supporter of Y+ and the READY movement and has mentored several young people living with HIV in the movement.
Georgina also serves in a number of HIV leadership roles, including as Chair of the Access Advisory Committee for the International Partnership for Microbicides, Chair of the Biomedical HIV Prevention Forum for ICASA and Chair of the ViiV Positive Action for Women and Girls Fund.
“Georgina joins GNP+ at a transformational time in the global HIV, health and development sectors, with political and financial challenges affecting the strength and sustainability of networks of people living with HIV and key populations around the world,” says Rico Gustav, Executive Director of GNP+.
“We are committed as GNP+ to ensuring that people living with HIV are meaningful engaged in relevant national, regional and global policy discussions. We need to be innovative and strategic in how and where we engage, and having Georgina join the global team will help us achieve that more effectively.”
Georgina will take up her position in October 2019, and will be based at the GNP+ offices in Cape Town, South Africa.