Join RESULTS and ACTION at AIDS 2012!

July 13, 2012
by Christine Barnum

RESULTS and the ACTION project are hosting a booth and a series of sessions at the International AIDS Society Conference. This is a very exciting event and an excellent opportunity for volunteers to connect with like-minded activists and learn more about ACTION’s TB campaign! Our sessions are all open to the public and the booth times and conference location are located at the bottom of the page. We hope to see you there!

Our Sessions:

1.      Realists and Idealists: Bridging the gap in HIV/TB

Where: TB-HIV Networking Zone, Exhibit Hall C, Booth #64

When:  Monday 7/23/2012, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

2.      Turning the Tide: Women, Children, and TB/HIV:

Where: Global Village Session Room 2

When: Monday 7/23/2012, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Description: TB-HIV, TB and women/children, increasing the profile of ACTION, addressing the role of the Global Fund in fighting TB in women/children

3.      Why the Global Fund is Important to TB (2 opportunities to attend!)

Where and When: TB-HIV Networking Zone, Exhibit Hall C, Booth #64; Monday 7/23/2012, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Where and When: Networking Zone: Global Fund Advocates Network, Global Village, Booth #820;  Wednesday 7/25/2012 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

Description: According to the Global TB Control Report 2011 by the WHO, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria finances 82% of external TB funding. As the largest external funder of TB programs, the Global Fund is critical to making progress against the disease. Join ACTION Director Kolleen Bouchane, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership Lucica Ditiu, and advocates and implementers working at the country level to hear about the importance of Global Fund support in the fight against TB

4.      A Motherland Tour viewing and Q&A with Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Where: Networking Zone: Global Fund Advocates Network, Global Village, Booth #820

When:  Monday 7/23/2012, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Description: View Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s documentary film, A Motherland Tour – A Journey of African Women, and participate in a Q & A session with Yvonne.  The film documents Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s travels to meet with women across Africa and discuss the most pressing issues they face– including malaria, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, women’s empowerment, education, and poverty. The film features personal stories and women-lead grassroots efforts to tackle these issues. Although optimistic and uplifting, the film does not shy away from highlighting the gravity of the present situation.
Raised in Soweto under South Africa’s apartheid regime, Yvonne Chaka Chaka is a remarkable African success story.  Her twenty-seven year music career has resulted in twenty-one albums, many of which are platinum, making her one of Africa’s most successful artists. Yvonne was the first black child to appear on South African television and she has since shared the stage with top stars including Bono and Beyoncé.  She uses her voice to motivate audiences including heads of state and other global leaders for the causes she believes in.  In 2011 Yvonne was ranked eighth on Forbes’ list of the most influential African celebrities. Yvonne began her campaign against malaria when one of her band members lost his fight with the disease in 2004. Yvonne was the first Goodwill Ambassador for the global Roll Back Malaria Partnership, serves as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Malaria and the United Nations MDG Envoy for Africa, and was chosen by Nelson Mandela as the first ambassador for his children’s fund.  She has also established her own charity, the Princess of Africa Foundation, and is the recipient of the Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship Award.

5.       Racing Against Time: Driving Political Momentum to end Aids and TB-HIV – Q&A with parliamentarians

Where: Networking Zone: Global Fund Advocates Network, Global Village, Booth #820

When: Tuesday 7/24/2012; 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Description: This session will be provide a unique opportunity for conference delegates and the general public to ask questions and engage with parliamentarians representing a number of donor and high burden HIV and TB countries in the fight against TB and HIV, on what more is needed to ensure political support continues to play a pivotal role towards the end of Aids and TB, especially during the economic down turn that is currently happening worldwide. The session will also provide an opportunity to raise questions on support for important mechanisms like the Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB and Malaria which provides much of the international funding towards TB and Aids control, in light of recent reforms and a continuous drive to ensure it is fully funded to meet the health needs of millions of people around the world.

6.      Multi-drug Resistant Tuberculosis: A Family Perspective (2 opportunities to attend)

Where and When:: TB-HIV Networking Zone, Exhibit Hall C, Booth #64; Tuesday 7/24/2012, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Where and When: Networking Zone: Global Fund Advocates Network, Global Village, Booth #820; Tuesday 7/24/2012, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

7.      Become a TB-HIV “Champion” in your field

Where: TB-HIV Networking Zone, Exhibit Hall C, Booth #64

When: Wednesday 7/25/2012, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Description: This session, led by ACTION partners and allies, will explain what it means to be a TB-HIV “champion”, including how to advocate for successful TB-HIV integration at various levels, in addition to other advocacy strategies and methods of involvement.  This panel may include representatives from:
• Patient advocacy/ affected communities (i.e. current ACTION patient advocate/champion)

  • Global advocacy organizations (i.e. Stop TB Partnership)

• Government level (i.e. government representative speaking to successful TB-HIV integration)

  • Advocacy organizations (i.e. ACTION partner, KANCO)
  • Technical and/or researchers (i.e. NEPAK)

Panel members will speak to their personal experience and provide session participants with tools and tips on getting involved.  Those interested in learning more about becoming an ACTION champion will be invited to sign-up for further involvement.

8.      Saving Lives Through Research & Development: Developing Better Technologies to Address TB/HIVn and TB-HIV:

Where: TB-HIV Networking Zone, Exhibit Hall C, Booth #64, International AIDS Conference

When: Wednesday 7/25/2012, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Description: Developing new diagnostics, drugs and vaccines is the future of saving lives from tuberculosis and TB/HIV coinfection. This session will feature the new 2-minute film “New Technology Saves Lives” which dramatically shows the difference of the patient diagnostic experience with the Xpert machine as compared to previous tools. Jennifer Woolley from Aeras, Lakshmi Sundaram of FIND, Heather Ignatius from the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development, and Kolleen Bouchane from ACTION will then discuss emerging TB research into new vaccines, drugs and diagnostics, the effects these tools can have on TB and TV/HIV coinfection, and the advocate’s role in TB R&D.

9.      Reinvigorate Your Advocacy with RESULTS: (2 opportunities to attend!)

Where and When: Networking Zone: Global Fund Advocates Network, Global Village, Booth #820; Thursday 7/26/2012, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Where and When: TB-HIV Networking Zone, Exhibit Hall C, Booth #64; Friday 7/27/2012, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Description: The world has changed dramatically over the past 10 years. We’ve gone from hand wringing over the AIDS crisis, to hope. We can thank scientists, political and moral leaders, and activists for the progress. But advocates are the unsung heroes of our progress. Without their passion, persuasion, pressure, and creativity we would not be talking about the end of AIDS. The extraordinary efforts of RESULTS volunteer advocates have helped mobilize hundreds of millions of dollars for AIDS and TB/HIV. This session will provide insights into the advocacy tools and tactics RESULTS has used to generate media, congressional support, and political will to address AIDS and TB/HIV.

10.  Combating Stigma: Women and TB-HIV:

Where: Main Stage, Women’s Networking Zone, Global Village

When: Thu 7/26/2012, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Description: Women living with HIV are particularly prone to TB and experience different risk factors, social and economic consequences, and barriers to treatment than men.  Positive TB diagnoses have damaging consequences for women. Socially, the stigma of having TB falls more heavily on women than men. In some communities, a positive TB diagnosis may force women into divorce or, if unmarried, create difficulty in finding a marriage partner. While there has been dialogue about combating stigma in women living with HIV, little has been done to address the stigma of a positive TB diagnosis. This dialogue session aims to create an open space to discuss ways to combat the “double stigma” faced by women with TB-HIV co-infection.

The session will be structured so all participants sit facing each other, rather than having the facilitators in the front. All participants will be encouraged to share how TB-HIV affects women in their communities and share effective methods for combating stigma.

International AIDS Society Conference Location:

Walter E. Washington
Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001

Booth Schedule: (the ACTION booth is in the Global Village, Booth #652) 

Sunday 7/22—5pm – 9pm

Monday 7/23—8:30 am—8:30 pm

Tuesday 7/24—8:30 am—4:30 pm

Wednesday 7/25—8:30 am—8:30 pm

Thursday 7/26—8:30 am—8:30 pm

Friday 7/27—8:30 am—12 pm


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