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About Marama Pala

Marama Pala is an indigenous woman living with HIV and the mother of two children, and hails from the people of the river (Ngatiawa no runga i te rangi) New Zealand Māori. She has lived with HIV for 22 years. Marama is the Co-chair of the International Indigenous working group on HIV & AIDS, the Chair of the International Council of AIDS service organisations (, and a member of the Communities Delegation to the Global Fund on HIV, TB and Malaria, and the Executive Director of INA (Māori Indigenous & South Pacific) HIV/AIDS Foundation.

Articles by Marama Pala

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Nobody Left Behind? The lives of indigenous women with HIV

HIV rates are driven by widespread global inequalities. What will it take to put the human rights of indigenous women living with HIV on the global map?

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