Martha Tholanah


Martha Tholanah is a Zimbabwean feminist openly living with HIV. Martha participates in national, regional, and international advocacy, and activism revolving around the rights of people, particularly women and children, living with HIV. She is passionate about issues of women’s rights; access to HIV related treatment, disability rights, and functional health systems. A trained family therapy counselor, qualified in medical rehabilitation, Martha established and headed both the health program at Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) and the Network of Zimbabwean Positive Women (NZPW+).

As a humanitarian program officer and United Nations Volunteer, she served as advocacy advisor to the Zimbabwe AIDS Network (ZAN). Martha has been a member of the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW) since 2004, and serves on the Community Scientific Subcommittee, an international community advisory board of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group research run by the US National Institutes of Health. Among her many other affiliations and roles, Martha was a member of both the Regional Advisory Committee of the Southern African Treatment Access Movement (SATAMo), and the Community Review Panel of the HIV Collaborative Fund, and presented three sessions at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico in 2008. Her research is published in Missing the Target (through the Treatment Monitoring and Advocacy Project of the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition).

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