Fellow Since 2001
Living Hope Care
This profile was prepared when Ibiyemi Fakande was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2001.
The New Idea
Ibiyemi helps improve the life quality of people living with HIV/AIDS by providing community-based care and inexpensive natural combination therapy. The community-based care is organized in such a way that AIDS patients stay at home and are attended to by family members and a network of other HIV-positive people. This program spares the participants the loneliness and sense of isolation that many other ill people suffer. They meet periodically in a community center to share experiences and draw strength from each other, also planning for the continued support of their children and spouses in the event of their own deaths. In addition to improving care for people living with AIDS, Ibiyemi works with a professor of pharmacology to identify a number of cheap and effective remedies for the infections AIDS patients contract and provides information on healthy eating and exercise.