Tuberculosis and HIV: Protecting the vulnerable - Talk show

On July 22nd dynamic group of women and young people who have suffered from tuberculosis and HIV came together to give voice to affected communities around the world by sharing their experience and views on the way forward in the fight against the two diseases.

Joined by prominent experts and influencers on stage, the intention was to inspire action and change in fighting HIV and tuberculosis.


Gerry Elsdon
As her career as a television personality began in earnest, Gerry Elsdon was diagnosed with tuberculosis. It was this experience that prompted her to become an advocate for the rights of people affected by tuberculosis. Gerry's humanitarian work began when she was appointed as an AIDS Ambassador by the Office of the President of South Africa.She is currently the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Advocate for tuberculosis.

Jeanne Meserve
Jeanne covered the beat for CNN from the September 11th attacks through their tenth anniversary, as long as any reporter in the country. Her portfolio has included intelligence, law enforcement, bioterrorism, cyber, aviation, border and port security.

Kami, a 5-year-old girl who is HIV-positive, appears on the award-winning series South African TV series Takalani Sesame. Kami was created to promote age-appropriate messages concerning the humanization, de-stigmatization and acceptance of people living with HIV and to open discussion about issues such as coping with illness and loss.

A young woman from Uganda with a dramatic but incredibly inspiring personal story. A victim of sexual violence, she was infected with HIV, then got tuberculosis, and finally joined four other women to start an organization that helps young people live with HIV and overcome tuberculosis.

A youth representative from South Africa who survived tuberculosis and successfully overcame stigma.