Forming networks for AIDS education, prevention and care
Ashoka Fellow, Venezuela
Following the death of his partner from AIDS in 1994, Feliciano began to channel his personal experience into public action. Beginning with a pilot center in Caracas, Feliciano is building a network of AIDS community service centers throughout Venezuela that offers all aspects of AIDS education, prevention, and care. Through Acción Solidaria (Action for Solidarity), Feliciano offers both prevention services to the general public and care services to those already infected with the virus. This sensitizes the public to people with AIDS and fosters prevention through shared experiences. Acción Solidaria has trained nearly 300 educators and directly informed over 28,000 people about AIDS prevention and care. Feliciano was a finalist for the Red Ribbon Award at the World AIDS Conference in Toronto, and speaks often as a recognized leader in the field.
- Community involvement in AIDS awareness
- Cross-sector partnerships
- Innovative policy change