HIV Programming and Advocacy Officer
INAD QUINONES RENDON is a gay man, a person living with HIV, a lawyer, an artist, a baker, a cyclist, a writer, a storyteller, hopelessly romantic, and a part-time lover. Hailing from the Philippines and residing in Thailand, he is working with APCOM as Organisational Sustainability and Strengthening Consultant. He strengthens the organization’s regional and global advocacy, key population, and community engagements and programs. These programs include creating legal environments, technical assistance to key population networks, capacity building, community monitoring, and country program review, among others.
In 2020, he developed APCOM’s Community Guide to Implement Community-Based Monitoring for the Global Fund-supported multi-country program called Sustainability of HIV services for key populations in Asia (SKPA). On the same year, he led the creation of #coronaAPCOMpassion, an emergency funding mechanism to address the key populations’ immediate needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, he initiated a regional initiative in contextualizing the messages of U=U in Asian countries. In 2021 and 2022, he spearheaded the community engagements in the processes within PEPFAR’s Country Operational Plans/Regional Operational Plans (COP/ROP). These initiatives were called #KeyPopAsiaCOP21 and #KeyPopAsiaCOP22. He produced Get. PrEP. Done. : PrEP Demand Generation Toolkit., a resource guide community organizations looking to generate demand for PrEP among their communities, with technical support from World Health Organization (WHO) and The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). He is also currently working with UNAIDS Regional Support Team Asia-Pacific under a consultancy role. As Community Expert, he is part of the team in mapping the existing community-led mechanisms at the country level and providing recommendations for more meaningful community leadership in CLM programs.
He is a member of U=U Global Community Board. The UGCB will work closely with the Prevention Access Campaign to integrate U=U into national and global HIV/AIDS responses to greatly improve the lives of people living with HIV.
He sits on MPact Global Action’s Board of Directors. MPact advocates for equitable access to effective HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support services for gay men and bisexual men, including those living with HIV, while promoting their health and human rights worldwide.
For Inad, there is a gap in the HIV movement and programming. He believes that we need to go beyond the awareness and knowledge and start cultivating empathy. Although theoretical knowledge in HIV is very crucial and important, HIV programs should also foster emotional understanding and achieve a certain level of empathy.