UNICEF in partnership with South African newspaper the Mail and Guardian will be hosting a Critical Thinking Forum on Friday 29 November at The Gordon Institute of Business Science, Johannesburg. The forum will discuss the following topic: “The end of AIDS: Is an AIDS-free generation within reach?” On this occasion, UNICEF will be launching the 6th Stocktaking Report on Children and AIDS.
The event will be moderated by South African journalist Xolani Gwala and will see the following panellists:
. Ms. Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa
. Dr. Gabriel M. Anabwani, Executive Director, Baylor Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence, Botswana
. Ms. Zandile Veronicah Mqwathi, Themba Interactive Theatre, South Africa
. Ms. Maureen Phiri, Baylor Teen Club, Malawi
. Representative of Ministry of Health, Republic of South Africa (TBC)
. Mr. Steven Allen, Regional Director, UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa
We would be delighted if you could join us for this important event. I have attached the event’s details to this email.
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The end of AIDS: Is an AIDS-free generation within reach?
29 November 2013
The Gordon Institute of Business Science, Johannesburg
7:30 am Breakfast; registration of guests
8:30 am Welcome remarks
Mr. Xolani Gwala, South African Journalist/ Radio 702 Afternoon Drive Anchor
8:40 am Overview of Children and AIDS: 6th Stocktaking Report
Mr. Steven Allen, Regional Director, UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa
8:50 am Panel discussion: The end of AIDS: Is and AIDS-free generation within reach?
10:15 am Closing remarks and vote of thanks
A representative of the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa
MASTER OF CEREMONY
Mr. Xolani Gwala, South African Journalist/ Radio 702 Afternoon Drive Anchor
Ms. Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa
Dr. Gabriel M. Anabwani, Executive Director, Baylor Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence, Botswana
Ms. Zandile Veronicah Mqwathi, Themba Interactive Theatre, South Africa
Ms. Maureen Phiri, Baylor Teen Club, Malawi
Representative of Ministry of Health, Republic of South Africa (TBC)
Thirty years into the AIDS epidemic, is it possible to achieve an end to AIDS? Is the dream generation of children being born HIV-free possible? Once our babies are born HIV-free, how do we ensure that they remain so through adolescence and into adulthood? Do young people have the knowledge and skills to protect themselves from HIV? Are they accessing the treatment care and support they need? What are some of most the innovative approaches in reaching adolescents living with HIV?
As we commemorate World AIDS Day, UNICEF would like to invite you to a panel discussion with experts on how we can make this dream a reality in Eastern and Southern Africa. On this occasion, UNICEF will be launching its 6th Stocktaking Report on Children and AIDS. Structured around the first and second decades of a child’s life, the report focuses on the response to HIV and AIDS among children in long and middle income countries. Worldwide, there has been great progress tackling new HIV infections among children during the past three years than over the entire previous decade. Yet, the vast majority of new infections among children and the majority of adolescents living with HIV (63 per cent) are found in Eastern and Southern Africa. In addition, children under 15 years old are only half as likely as adults to receive the treatment they need.
Xolani Gwala – moderator
With nearly 20 years in broadcast journalism, in South Africa and abroad, Xolani Gwala has earned the respect of newsmakers and audiences across the country. His experience as a reporter, news anchor, producer, talk show host, news editor and current affairs programme presenter in both English and Zulu, on radio and television, make Xolani an exceptionally versatile media professional.
Xolani’s ability to summarise a discussion and identify the critical questions to pose to his interviewees enables him to get to the crux of the matter in minutes. Xolani has interviewed world leaders on the big topics but maintains that the best stories don’t always come from the big guys. He believes it is often the regular people in the street who make for the best interviews.
Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe is currently the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Ms Wandira-Kazibwe is currently Senior Adviser to the President of Uganda on Population and Health and coordinating the development of reforms for Uganda’s health system. From 1994 to 2003, she served as Vice-President of Uganda, the first woman in Africa to hold such a position. A surgeon with a science doctorate in global health and population from the Harvard School of Public Health, Ms Wandira-Kazibwe also serves as a member of the Champions for an HIV-Free Generation initiative. As Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, Ms Wandira-Kazibwe will help advance the AIDS response in Africa by advocating for the proactive engagement and involvement of all sectors of society.
Gabriel M. Anabwani
Gabriel M. Anabwani, M.B.Ch.B, is executive director of the Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Center of Excellence in Gabarone, Botswana. Anabwani served as head of pediatrics at Princess Marina Hospital from 1997 to 2003 and has played a leading role in Botswana’s fight against pediatric HIV. He joined Moi University in Eldoret in 1990 as a founding faculty member, becoming professor and chair of pediatrics and child health in 1992. From 1980-1990, he taught pediatrics and child health at the University of Nairobi.
He served as director, Primary Health Care East Africa from 1987 to 1989 in a project to strengthen the primary health care content in the teaching and training curricula of medical schools in several countries. He has served as external examiner in pediatrics in several schools in the region including Makerere, Uganda; Nairobi, Kenya; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Lusaka, Zambia; and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Dr. Anabwani serves on technical expert committees for UNICEF and WHO, as chairperson of the Nestle Nutrition Institute Africa, and on several national and international professional and technical boards. In May 2009 he was honored for his “Outstanding Contribution to HIV Medicine in Botswana.”
18-year old Maureen is a member of the Baylor Malawi Teen Club. The Teen Club is part of a programme providing clinical care and psychosocial support to adolescents living with HIV. Maureen is a smart, confident, well-spoken adolescent and AIDS advocate.
Zandile Veronicah Mqwathi
Zandile Mqwathi is a young leader and a former radio personality with a zeal and drive to empower girls and young women. She is also the National Focal Point for GYCA South Africa. Zandile is currently employed as a Facilitator/Trainer for Themba Interactive Theatre, where she uses Applied Drama to educate others about HIV and AIDS prevention and SHRS (sexual reproductive health rights). She also works with teenage girls and boys on a Life Skills Programme (Amazing Grace Kids) a project aimed at paving a
platform for young people to openly talk about their Social challenges and also get information, education and inspiration to face everyday challenges. Zandile is also the Project Director for Butterfly Transformations Young Women’s Organisation a movement which is designed to transform the lives of young women from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.