Wole Daini

Ashoka Fellow
Nigeria,
Fellow Since 2003
HIV/AIDS-Restoring Hope and Life Trust

Citation

This profile was prepared when Wole Daini was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003.
The New Idea
Wole believes that despite the enormous resources being poured into HIV/AIDS interventions in Nigeria, the epidemic will not be stemmed nor treatment become accessible until people with the disease are guaranteed their right to employment. Few people with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria can afford the necessary healthcare, so in a society that still strongly discriminates against them, there is no incentive to reveal an HIV-positive status or even be tested for the disease in the first place. Many activists have focused either on the greed of pharmaceutical companies unwilling to give drugs to Africa or on the need for development aid to address the problem. But Wole understands that companies need to maintain their profit margin and that development aid would be less relevant if the right to employment was secured.
Although even employed Nigerians often cannot afford full-cost antiretroviral drugs, Wole argues that for people with the disease to afford any healthcare, they must be employed. Yet discrimination puts thousands of Nigerians with HIV/AIDS out of work and causes thousands more either to keep their status a secret or to avoid being tested, thus sustaining the epidemic. Wole is reducing workplace discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS through targeted education and advocacy among all players in the labor market. He is working with Nigerian political bodies to pass and enforce antidiscrimination legislation, while also advocating among employers and trade unions to develop and enforce workplace antidiscrimination policies.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

More For You