Loyce Maturu

Meet our speaker, Loyce (Zimbabwe)

Loyce shares her story and the importance of the Global Fund in saving her life.

Perspectives: HIV; tuberculosis; youth; prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT); Africa


Loyce is 25 years old and was born with HIV. Before the age of 10, she lost both her parents and her brother. Loyce had a difficult time growing up with HIV and accepting her status: she faced stigma and verbal abuse from some of her relatives, nearly committed suicide and missed school often due to ill health. She didn’t start receiving anti-retroviral treatment (ART) until she contracted tuberculosis (TB) when she was 12 years old; during that time Loyce had to manage both TB and HIV treatment for the first time.

In 2004, Loyce joined Africaid Zvandiri Programme as a beneficiary where she had the opportunity to meet her peers with the same status. She began to gain confidence and realized she had a life ahead of her. In 2009, she began working with Africaid as a peer counsellor. She is now the advocacy officer for issues around treatment, care and support and is involved in national and global policy, strategy and programmes development with a special focus on children, adolescents and young people living with HIV.

As a member of the Young People’s Network hosted by the National AIDS Council, Loyce contributed to a variety of national policies, guidelines and training curriculum. Loyce is also a member of the Communities Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund and she was the Y+ co-Chair for the Y+ Global Network of Young People Living with HIV from 2014-2015.

Currently, of the 1.4 million people living with HIV in Zimbabwe, 880,000 of these people are on ART through Global Fund-financed programmes; Global Fund programmes have also treated and detected 68,700 cases of TB.

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Our speaker in the news:

Girl Power in Zimbabwe (The Global Fund, 9 October 2015)
Global Fund Outlines Investment Case to End Epidemics (The Global Fund, 17 December 2015)
VIDEO: Chat With Nat Episode 10: Nat Chats with Loyce Maturu of Zimbabwe (Montpelier Bridge, 19 March 2016)
Global group aims to eradicate TB, HIV infections by 2030 (BlueRidgeNow, 20 March 2016)
John Breunig: The orphan who found a family among peers (Stamford Advocate, 23 March 2016)
Awareness is the answer (The Mountaineer, 23 March 2016)
Commentary: We can eradicate TB worldwide (Greenville Online, 24 March 2016)
Editorial: Funding to fight tuberculosis is a worthy effort (The Commercial Appeal, 24 March 2016)
Q&A with HIV-Positive TB Survivor Loyce Maturu on Stigma, Adolescents and Effecting Change (Friends of the Global Fight, 31 March 2016)
HIV: Finding hope: Woman tells story of living with deadly disease (Brattleboro Reformer, 1 Apr 2016)
Orphaned, HIV Positive And Abused, She Almost Gave Up — But Didn’t (NPR, 5 April 2016)
Zimbabwean Woman Visits The Bridge (Montpelier Bridge, 7 April 2016)
Justin Trudeau pledges $785M over 3 years to fight AIDS, TB and malaria (CBC News, 9 May 2016)
Canada to Host Global Fund Replenishment (Global Fund, 9 May 2016)
Canada’s Justin Trudeau Allocates $785 Million To Support Fight Against Malaria, AIDS, Tuberculosis (Tech Times, 10 May 2016)
Television interview (CTV Ottawa Morning, 10 May 2016)
Canada increases its pledge by 20% and will host The Global Fund’s fifth replenishment conference (Aidspan, 10 May 2016)
Der deprimierendste Moment meines Lebens (tagesschau.de, 8 June 2016)
UN Backs Accelerated Response to Ending HIV/AIDS (Voice of America, 8 June 2016)
Despite Russia’s objections, U.N. member-states plan to end AIDS pandemic by 2030 (Japan Times, 9 June 2016) 8 June 2016)
Wunschdenken? UN wollen Aids bis 2030 ausmerzen (Der Tagesspiegel, 9 June 2016)
UN adopts plan to end AIDS epidemic by 2030 (China Central Television, 9 June 2016)
Youth Leaders Push for More Progressive Action to End HIV AIDS (IPSNews, 10 June 2016)
Young woman openly living with HIV shares powerful testimony at UN (UN Multimedia, 10 June 2016)
Ending AIDS is within reach: The Lid is On, with Kenneth Cole (UN Multimedia, 11 July 2016)
World Voice: Results International Conference Tackles Poverty (World Moms Network, Australia, 19 July 2016)
Loyce is celebrating her 24th birthday, something she says is a miracle (MamaMia, 27 August 2016)
Het hartverscheurende verhaal van Loyce (KNCV Tuberculosis, 6 September 2016)
Charlize Theron & Elton John Insist It’s Our Generation That Can Stop AIDS (The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, 9 September 2016)
Live With Loyce Maturu from the Global Fund Advocates Network (Life in Pleasantville, 12 September 2016)
African survivor sees the value in Global Fund (Canadian Press, 13 September, 2016)
Support from the Global Fund (CTV Power Play, 13 September 2016)
She was diagnosed with HIV at the age of 10. Now she tells her story worldwide (The Ottawa Citizen, 14 September, 2016)
Care and compassion saved my life as an HIV-positive adolescent (Huffington Post, 14 September, 2016)
Achieving AIDS-free generation within our grip (News Day Zimbabwe, 14 September 2016)
HIV activist and TB survivor on upcoming Global Fund conference in Montreal (CBC Power and Politics, 14 September 2016)
The Global Fund’s Personal and Political Footprint (iPolitics, 15 September 2016)
Young ambassador hopes her story will spur donations at global health meeting (CBC, 16 September 2016)
Une jeune seropositive en lutte contre le vih…et les prejuges (La Presse+, 17 September 2016)
Lessons From Loyce Maturu And Other Global Fund Reflections (Huffington Post, 27 September 2016)
Loyce Maturu discusses life with HIV, losing family, and making a global impact (Global Affairs Canada, 28 September 2016)
Loyce Maturu turns her tragedy into inspiration (Global Cause/The Telegraph, 1 Dec 2017)

We need the Global Fund: Loyce’s story
HARARE, ZIMBABWE: January 14, 2016 - Loyce utilizes illustrated cards called "The Soldier Game" to educate people about their HIV status and encourage them to take their medication.



Opening of the High Level Meeting on Ending HIV/AIDS, 8-10 June 2016 (watch at 27:50 in video below):

Global Fund 5th Replenishment Meeting Announcement, Ottawa, Canada: