Tian Johnson


Lead consultant to the South African National AIDS Council on the development of Human Rights, Stigma and Discrimination content for the country’s National Strategic Plan on HIV, STI’s and TB 2017 – 2022, Tian has over the last two decades worked on a vast range of development areas. He brings to the VARG the ability to navigate and influence policy and community spaces within the epidemic response nationally and regionally. Historically, Tian’s work centred around access to education for girls, the prevention of gender based violence, creating and sustaining networks of people with HIV and documenting South Africa’s integrated strategy for the prevention of, response to and support for survivors of sexual assault billed by former U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon as a best practice model.


While directing a national programme that sought to end rape in all forms of detention, Tian has also focused on female condom programming and contraceptive access, vaginal microbicide programming models, the intersections of faith and sexual rights and reviewing comprehensive sexuality education models in 12 African countries. Tian has consulted on work that looks at monitoring and mitigating the impact of gender violence and HIV amongst sex workers as well as an analysis of women’s access to paralegal services in the context of HIV and gender based violence in Sub Saharan Africa.


As an independent consultant, Tian currently sits on the Strategic Advisory group for the Coalition to Accelerate and Support Prevention Research (CASPR) a five year USAID supported project that seeks to build and sustain an Africa-centred network for advancing advocacy, policy, regulatory, community engagement and communications efforts to accelerate biomedical HIV prevention research. Tian represents the VARG on the African AIDS Vaccine Virtual Network Steering Committee.


Email: tian@thevarg.org