WOFAK would like to welcome Ludfine Anyango Bunde to the UNAIDS family as the Community Mobilization and Networking Adviser. Ludfine has worked closely with WOFAK having began her career in the AIDS movement as a WOFAK volunteer at Kayole slums, Nairobi, Kenya.
She was part of the first support group by and for women living with HIV. Ludfine has 19 years of experience in HIV advocacy, policy and programming and related partnership building. She has extensive expertise in building alliances with civil society organizations (CSOs), including networks of people living with HIV (PLHIV) and key populations, for engagement, consensus building, and capacity development.
This is demonstrated by the leadership, she provided in 2009, to revitalize the structures of National Empowerment Network of People Living with HIV in Kenya, a critical organ for PLHIV to influence policy and dialogue. In 2011, Ludfine received a national leadership award for her commitment to championing women’s, PLHIV leadership and CSO engagement in Kenya. Ludfine is passionate about “Greater Involvement of PLHIV: and inclusion of marginalized groups. As a woman who has openly lived with HIV for the past 22 years, she has used her lived experience to influence policy and programming to improve the HIV response.
At present, Ludfine is a member of the UN Plus Global Advisory Group, building on earlier experiences, such as representation of PLHIV and CSO in Global Coalition on Women and AIDS, the Technical Support Committee of the Global Fund, and the 2006 UNGASS and High-Level meeting.
She has worked with the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAK) – Kenya chapter where she built coalitions among communities and professionals, resulting in the passage of the Kenya Industrial Property Act 2001, with provisions on compulsory licensing and parallel importing of essential medicines.
She also worked for Action Aid International and led successful campaigns on access to antiretroviral treatment, protecting and consolidating access to generics. Before joining UNAIDS, she worked at UNDP where she spearheaded adoption of rights-based approaches and access to justice, including the revitalization of the HIV Tribunal.