Memory Sachikonye has been living with HIV since 2002 and currently works in the HIV international development sector. Her work involves supporting key populations to have access to healthcare and have their human rights upheld. She is a member the UK Community Advisory Board (UK-CAB) which she coordinated for 10 years. UK-CAB is network of HIV treatment advocates from across the UK with over 900 members and 120 organisations. It focuses on HIV treatment and treatment-related areas. In this role, she supported the setting up of the African Community Advisory Board (AfroCAB).
Memory has various community representative roles on HIV studies steering and management committees; this includes input into the design and management of clinical trials. She was one of the four patient representatives on the NHS England HIV Clinical Reference Group (HIV CRG) from 2012 to 2016. She is the chair of the patient forum in her HIV clinic at North Middlesex hospital.
Arriving in the UK as visitor and then diagnosed with HIV, Memory volunteered at Positively UK (then Positively Women) from 2002. She is an experienced public speaker and advocates for asylum seekers, especially women’s rights to services and access to treatment. Memory has many years experience in UK and international support networks and services.
Memory is a member of the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG). She is the co-chair of EATG’s Development and Membership Advisory Group (DMAG).