Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2008
This description of Sani Youssef's work was prepared when Sani Youssef was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
In an effort to enable people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) in Egypt to live fulfilling, productive lives and to combat the pervasive social stigma and alienation that they face, Dr. Sani Youssef is building a movement of, by, and for PLHIV. His organization, Friends of Life, places ownership in the hands of those living with HIV/AIDS, whereby PLHIV take charge of their care and prevention efforts. By putting an unusually public and personal face on HIV/AIDS care, Sani aims to change public attitudes toward people living with HIV, returning them to their families and Egyptian society.
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