July 27, 2016
Topics: Assessing the International AIDS Conference and Journey to South Africa
Topics and Guests: Under the theme Access, Equity, Rights the 21st International AIDS Conference was held in Durban last week between July 18 and 22. With over 18,000 delegates, the conference is the largest on a global health or development issue. UNAIDS figures show that between 2002 and 2012 4.8 million deaths had been adverted due to expanded access to HIV treatment. As Africa Now! reported in December 2015, UNAIDS has noted that “15.8 million people are now on HIV treatment, a doubling from five years ago,” due to countries adopting the UNAIDS Fast-Track Strategy to end AIDS by 2030. (From "Countries adopt UNAIDS Fast-Track Strategy to double number of people on life-saving HIV treatment by 2020" by UNAIDS.) But there are still major challenges in the struggle against HIV/AIDS hence the theme of the 21st International AIDS Conference was Access, Equity, Rights. Joining Africa Now! to assess the AIDS Conference is Africa Now! special contributor Mr. Matthew Kavanagh who attended the event in Durban. Mr. Matthew Kavanagh, Senior Policy Analyst at Health GAP and Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics at University of Pennsylvania attended the International AIDS Conference in Durban and talked to a number of activists there.
The show also features interviews of HIV/AIDS activists who were at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban. The activists are: Mr. Kenneth Mwehonge of HEPS-Uganda; Mr. Bonginkosi Mthembu, Prevention and Treatment Literacy Coordinator, Treatment Action Campaign; and Ms. Lotti Rutter of the Treatment Action Campaign. These activists are interviewed by Ms. Brittany Herrick and Ms. Eustacia Smith.
Africa Now! also includes the topic Journey to South Africa. From September 13th thru the 24th one can journey to South Africa with WPFW’s Interim Program Director Katea Stitt, and Willard Jenkins, host of Evening Jazz’ Ancient Future Edition for the Joy of Jazz Festival and tour of the country. The show features a conversation a brief conversation with Mr. Stroebel Bekker of South African Airways one of the sponsors of the trip, about South African history and sights, Joy of Jazz Festival and a focus on his airline. Mr. Stroebel Bekker is Vice President Sales for South African Airways (SAA) in North America. In his role at SAA, Bekker is responsible for all sales and distribution strategies for SAA in North America and oversees all relationships with the travel trade partners including all corporate accounts, leisure and online travel agencies. He leads a team of sales development directors in the US and Canada as well as the inside trade support and business development team. Bekker joined South African Airways as a marketing analyst in 2007 and was later promoted to the position of manager business development in North America. He started his airline career in revenue management at Spirit Airlines in Fort Lauderdale.
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