Kami is HIV-positive andappears in the international award-winning South African TV series Takalani Sesame. Kami promotes age-appropriate messages concerning the humanization, de-stigmatization and acceptance of people living with HIV. Kami urges open discussion about issues such as coping with illness and loss. Kami, who has many friends, loves to play soccer and wears a necklace that her mother made especially for her.
Gerry Elsdon is co-hosting the talk with Jeanne Meserve, a former reporter for CNN and ABC News. The talk show brings together a dynamic group of women and young people who have suffered from tuberculosis and HIV.
Lolli Goodson acting head of children at the SABC explains “we were honoured when Gerry asked if Kami could accompany her as a guest to this important event and immediately said yes. This much needed talk is part of The Stop TB Partnership between the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The event presents an opportunity for viewers to hear first-hand the experiences of women and young people who have survived tuberculosis, overcome stigma and led their own community efforts to tackle both diseases”.
The event takes place at Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW - Washington DC on Sunday 22 July at 12h00 PM EDT and can be watched on live stream video www.stoptb.org/talkshow or www.ifrc.org/hiv-tb-talkshow.
Gerry Elsdon was diagnosed with tuberculosis early in her television career. This experience 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 IFRC Advocate for tuberculosis. Gerry has hosted many on air programmes, including the African version of the reality show, Big Brother.
Jeanne Meserve covered the beat for CNN from the September 11th attacks through their tenth anniversary. Her portfolio has included intelligence, law enforcement, bioterrorism, cyber, aviation, and 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.
Tuberculosis is a public health emergency
Tuberculosis and HIV form a deadly combination
Tuberculosis and HIV together have a devastating impact on women.
At least half a million children become ill with tuberculosis each year, yet child-friendly forms of TB medicine are unavailable.
Tuberculosis and HIV hit communities hard
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