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Maura Elaripe

CSO, Igat Hope

Maura Elaripe is one of the first woman to publicly disclose her HIV status in Papua New Guinea. Maura credits the Global Fund for saving her life. It funded her ARV treatment when it arrived in PNG in 2004. Maura has also had malaria. She accessed her malaria test and treatment at a Global Fund-funded clinic and still frequently receives tests and new mosquito nets.

Maura is a trained nurse and a member of PNG’s Country Coordinating Mechanism representing PLHIV. She is involved in the decision-making of the country’s Global Fund programmes and funding. Maura is a member of Igat Hope, the national network of PLHIV. She is a member of the Steering Committee of Asia Pacific Activist Coalition for TB, the Asia Pacific Network of PLHIV (APN+) and a focal point for APCASO in PNG. Maura has worked with UN Women, AusAID, UNDP and several community organizations.