For seven years, Mairamou Hamandjouma has been the president of an association of HIV+ young people in her community. The association conducts income generating projects: a commercially successful garden plot, a millet stocking project and a water sale project. The income is used to support the health and well-being of the association members, including the cost of HIV care, and their families, including school fees.
Mairamou is also a trained and highly experienced peer educator and an official trainer-of-trainers for future peer educators. She not only educates her own association members about HIV and means of living positively, she leads the association members in community-wide HIV prevention and stigma-reduction education efforts.
Her remarkable leadership extends to other communities, too. She works with other communities to help form similar groups of HIV+ young people.
In addition to her work as the president of the association, she also works as a community health worker for the Godola hospital and provides outreach and education throughout her community. She has been an integral part of vaccine campaigns and pre-natal health education in her community.
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