A large chunk of our reporting focuses on HIV. Since the launch of Bhekisisa in 2013, we’ve covered HIV in-depth — from the impact of the virus on former president Nelson Mandela’s family to the advances in antiretroviral treatment and anti-HIV pills and injections. We’ve also looked at the impact of inequality and discrimination on the spread of HIV, the link between gender-based violence and HIV — and ways to fix it.
Inequality took centre stage at the International Aids Society’s bi-annual International Aids Conference in Canada in July. Some delegates from the Global South were denied the Canadian visas they needed to attend the event and contribute to the biggest gathering of scientists and policy makers for HIV.
A study analysed public health gatherings around the world found that fewer than four in 10 attendees of such events were from poorer nations (which have the highest burden of disease).
In this interview, Bhekisisa’s Mia Malan speaks with Ayoade Alakija of the African Union’s African Vaccine Delivery Alliance. Alajika calls for global health meetings to be held in countries in the Global South so that people from the most affected nations aren’t locked out of the conversation.