HIV (and TB) epidemic is far from over: Urgent call to multiply efforts to end AIDS and TB


This Podcast features Dr Linda-Gail Bekker, Professor of Medicine, Chief Operating Officer of Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, and Director of Desmund Tutu HIV Centre at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She was in conversation with CNS founder Managing Editor and Executive Director Shobha Shukla. Dr Linda-Gail Bekker is a former President of the International AIDS Society (IAS).

HIV (and TB) epidemic is far from over: Urgency to redouble our efforts to #endAIDS & #endTB


Political leadership, decentralization and community ownership have made a difference, says Rwanda's Health Minister


This Podcast features Rwanda's Health Minister Dr Diane Gashumba who spoke with CNS Managing Editor Shobha Shukla at ICASA 2019 (20th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa). Dr Diane shares her insights on progress Rwanda is making on strengthening health systems and also on disease-specific programmes such as HIV/AIDS, TB, NCDs, gender/ women equity, among others. She underlines how political leadership, decentralization and community ownership have been change agents making a big difference and helping progress the nation towards sustainable development, where no one is left behind.

Political leadership, decentralization and community ownership have made a difference, says Health Minister of Rwanda



Bringing #HIV response on track to #endAIDS is vital in Sub-Saharan Africa


This Podcast features Rouzeh Eghtessadi, Executive Director, SAfAIDS (Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service) and Chrispin Chomba, acting deputy director for programmes at SAfAIDS in Zambia. They were in conversation with CNS founder Executive DIrector and Managing Editor Shobha Shukla at the 20th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2019) in Kigali, Rwanda.

Bringing #HIV response on track to #endAIDS is vital in Sub-Saharan Africa



Do not leave the (mothers and) children behind, in efforts to #endAIDS


This Podcast features François Bompart, Director of HIV & Hepatitis C Initiative at the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi). He was in conversation with CNS founder Executive DIrector and Managing Editor Shobha Shukla at the 20th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2019) in Kigali, Rwanda.

Do not leave the (mothers and) children behind, in efforts to #endAIDS


Health and treatment literacy is a linchpin for global health security


This Podcast features Dr Dilip Mathai, Vice President of AIDS Society of India (ASI), and Co-Chair of Scientific Committee of ASICON 2019 (12th National Conference of ASI). He was conferred upon the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award by ASI for 2019. Dr Mathai is Dean, and Professor of Medicine & Adult Infectious Disease, at Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (AIMSR) in Hyderabad.

We cannot end AIDS without combating antimicrobial resistance

With just 133 months left to end AIDS, this year's World AIDS Day underlines the urgency to step up the fight against the epidemic. Despite unprecedented progress made in scaling up HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, we are not yet on track to end AIDS by 2030. One of the major threats lurking to reverse these gains made in combating AIDS is antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

13 months left to deliver on 90:90:90 promises of 2020

[हिंदी] Despite promise of governments to end AIDS by 2030 and considerable progress on putting people living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy (ART) along with reduction in AIDS deaths, the decline in new HIV infections has stalled over the past 8 years in Asia Pacific.

The crown that won the HIV battle

Swapna Majumdar, CNS Special Correspondent, India
Barbara Kemigisa
Photo credit: Swapna Majumdar
She is not traumatised by it, nor does she want to hide it. On the contrary, Barbara Kemigisa wants the whole world to know that she has the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection. In fact, the 33-year-old flaunts it by wearing a victory crown made with empty bottles of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs used to treat the infection and leftover pills. “I’m not afraid of the stigma of living with HIV. I want people to know my status so that they can see that people living with HIV don’t need to wither away and die. By wearing this crown, I can attract attention without saying a word,” says Kemigisa.