Craig David on World AIDS Day: let's make a prevention revolution!
People living with HIV are particularly vulnerable to tuberculosis. Not only are they much more likely to get it, they are also much more likely to die of the disease.
One out of every four AIDS-related deaths is caused by tuberculosis. Last year, 400 000 people living with HIV died from tuberculosis.
But these deaths are preventable: If people living with HIV test for tuberculosis they can get access to care and be cured.
Preventing HIV will help prevent tuberculosis.
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Tuberculosis affects real people, real families, real communities
In this clip R&B star Craig David talks with Dr Sizulu Moyo, a tuberculosis researcher at the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative.
Against the backdrop of a busy research laboratory, Craig learns that lots of progress has been made and momentum gained in the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis thanks to collaboration among partners as well as increased awareness and commitment from poor and rich countries alike, spurred by the link between tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS: tuberculosis is the leading infectious killer of people living with HIV.
Two key challenges mentioned by Dr Moyo are the need for sufficient funding to develop an effective vaccine and the need for tuberculosis patients to complete their course of treatment (which lasts 6 months or more) to keep the medicines effective: incomplete treatment will lead to the tuberculosis bacteria becoming drug-resistant. While people are aware that they should finish treatment, she explains, "it's a complicated scenario; there are many things that come into play…We need understand where they are coming from. They are people with lives, with families."
Despite her laboratory surroundings Dr Moyo remains very aware of the real-life implications of her research: "It's not only about the documents that you read, any nice brochures, it's not about the presentations that you make… TB affects real people, real families and real communities."
CRAIG DAVID: "THIS IS ALL WORTHWHILE"
In this clip—the second in a series shot in South Africa during his first country visit as a Goodwill Ambassador Against Tuberculosis—British R&B star Craig David talks to children about the effects of tuberculosis on young people, particularly the stigma they may face among their peers. He urges them to recognize the symptoms of tuberculosis and ask for help from a parent or teacher if they think they might be infected, reminding them that tuberculosis can be cured.
We see Craig interacting with kids outside the school, kicking around a football in the street, and sitting in the classroom, where he gives a poignant a cappella rendition of his hit "Walking Away", accompanied by the delighted children beating out a rhythm on their desktops as he sings "I'm walking away… to find a better day".
Visibly moved, Craig tells the group: "You guys, the fact that you understand it and you are aware makes me feel like this is all worthwhile."
CRAIG DAVID: "IT'S ABOUT GIVING SOMETHING BACK"
In this clip—the first in a series shot in South Africa during his first country visit as a Goodwill Ambassador Against Tuberculosis—British R&B star Craig David explains his motivations for joining the fight against tuberculosis and talks about the moving experiences he had in South Africa, from meeting schoolchildren by day to jamming with local musicians by night.
Craig discusses how—having been "blessed" with an incredibly successful music career—he wanted to "give something back" by raising awareness of tuberculosis, since he had been surprised at how few people had heard of this disease that kills millions of people and is present all over the world. We see Craig interacting with South African schoolchildren, in particular one brave young girl who speaks up about her own struggle with the disease and earns maximum respect from Craig for her courage, frankness, and positive attitude, which he sums up as: "Yeah, OK, I had tuberculosis, dealt with it, and I'm getting on with my life."
Craig shares his hope that the power of music—which "has a place in everybody's life"—will help him to reach millions of people and have a positive impact.