photo of MF: Mitamada, Bangkok
other photos: Panos Institute
I worked in HIV in the developing world between 1986 and 2006.
Much of this time I was director of the
Panos AIDS Programme;
in later years I was an independent consultant. (An article commemorating my involvement in Panos' work can be read
The primary themes I worked on were access to HIV treatment and other
services, youth involvement, sexuality and gender,
particularly from the male perspective. I also covered stigma and discrimination, the uniformed forces and conflict, and media and communication.
Over the years I wrote, edited or worked on many key documents on HIV/AIDS which were widely used by donors and
implementing agencies, including the ground-breaking AIDS and the Third World (1986), AIDS and Men (1999), Combat AIDS (2002).
My geographical focus was Latin America in the 1990s, Africa in the 1990s and early 2000s and South-East Asia in the 2000s.
My skills included project development and evaluation, writing for the general
public and specialised audiences, negotiation, and leadership in workshops,
conferences and seminars.
During this time I worked with a wide range of UN agencies and national and international non-governmental organisations.
From 2000 to 2002 I was chair of the UK NGO AIDS Consortium and from 2002 to 2006 I was chair of the Technical Advisory Group for YouthNet,
a global reproductive health programme for young people.
In 2006, after twenty years in this field, I realised that it was time to move on.
I am glad to have been able to contribute to our understanding of the social causes and consequences of the disease; others, who have greater insights and abilities are continuing the struggle against the ignorance and prejudice that still make it easy for the virus to spread.
this page last updated: November 2011