Elissa Miolene ‘15 double-majored in Global Studies and Journalism at Lehigh before receiving a Masters in Politics and Policy through Lehigh’s Presidential Scholars program. She now works as the Communications and Knowledge Management Officer with Alive Medical Services (AMS) in Kampala, Uganda. AMS tests hundreds of Ugandans every month, linking HIV-positive clients to comprehensive care. The group also provides anti-retroviral treatment (ART) to over 13,000 active clients, including 1,000 HIV-positive youth and adolescents.
Miolene’s current project with AMS is an initiative allowing HIV patients to share their stories on recorders; the goal is to share these stories with future patients and the world. The project is called “Positive. Powerful. Alive,” and its goal is to empower other HIV patients by fighting the stigma around HIV. She hopes that the stories will also reach a broader audience and influence the conversation about HIV globally.
Miolene is looking for donations to help advance her project and to help her purchase five recorders. These donations can be in the form of cash or used recording devices similar to an iTouch so the videos can be edited directly on the device. You can contribute to the project on Globalgiving.org.