Fellow Since 2002
This profile was prepared when Feliciano Reyna was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
Beginning with a pilot center in Caracas, Feliciano is building a network of AIDS Community Service Centers that offer all aspects of AIDS education, prevention, and care. The centers will bring people living with the virus into direct contact with those who are not infected, both to sensitize the public with respect to people with AIDS and to foster prevention through shared experiences. The pilot center will serve as a training facility for the development of regional centers that will alleviate the shortage of care providers in the interior of the country. As the program expands and centers are established in communities around the country, infected people will not have to travel to the capital to find the quality treatment they require. Through his organization–Acción Solidaria–Feliciano is also uniting, informing, and mobilizing key principals in the fight against the virus. His allies include representatives from private businesses, nongovernmental organizations working in AIDS and related issues, the academic community, doctors, and the Catholic Church.