Tuberculosis and HIV: Protecting the vulnerable
Talk show - 22 July, 12:00 noon EST
- 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. Gerry has hosted many on air programmes, including the African version of the reality show, Big Brother.
- 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. She has flown with a combat air patrol, reported from atop a crane in the port of Los Angeles. She has also done political and medical reporting, and covered a wide range of breaking news stories.
Kami is a 5-year-old girl who is affectionate, articulate, HIV-positive and asymptomatic. She has a remarkable ability to see the beauty in objects and situations. Emotionally and intellectually, Kami displays wisdom and insight that go beyond what might be expected of someone her age. She is a little shy at times and tends to observe rather than join in immediately. However, when approached by someone in a friendly manner, she opens up quickly, easily and joins in with great enthusiasm.
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.