Loyce Maturu is the passionate and fiery leader behind Zvandiri’s Advocacy Department. She has been an integral part of the Zvandiri family since 2004 when she joined as a beneficiary. Loyce has held many different roles and impacted the lives of thousands through her bold, courageous advocacy.
Loyce is a certified member of the Ministry of Health and Child Care National Validation committee for dual eMTCT of HIV and Syphilis in Zimbabwe. As well as a member of the WHO Advisory Group of Women Living with HIV and the Advisory and Writers group of the WHO SRHR Toolkit for women living with HIV. She is a mentor for the Global Fund Advocates’ Network Speakers Bureau (GFAN) where her role is mentoring and building capacity of the speakers to amplify messages to fund the Global Fund, to create policy changes for positive enabling environments, to increase domestic investments in health and to encourage collective engagement in their advocacy to governments and decision-makers. She participated as a youth advocate in WHO’s 2016 Guidelines Development, championing the first adolescent-specific HIV guideline.
Loyce’s skills are numerous and varied including media and research. In 2017- 2020 Loyce coordinated the intervention in Shamva district under the Zvandiri Cluster Randomised Control trial and is the co-host on the Zvandiri Radio programme through ZiFM. Loyce is a powerful figure in global understanding of children, adolescents and young people living with HIV. Without Loyce, Zvandiri and our youth would not be who they are today.