RESULTS UK and Student Stop AIDs Campaign have launched an exciting competition to find a dedicated student with journalistic flair and a passion for global health. The person selected will attend a parliamentary delegation in South Africa early next year and accompany MPs and grassroots activists to meet people affected by TB and HIV, learning about the successes and challenges related to combating both diseases.
The ACTION (Advocacy to Control TB Internationally) team is looking for innovative pieces with advocacy potential, based on the theme of TB, HIV or TB-HIV coinfection. TB is a major barrier to treating HIV and the ACTION group actively promotes the need for political and financial backing to prioritize TB in order to save lives.
South Africa accounts for 28 per cent of the world’s people living with both HIV and TB and is addressing these major health challenges using new and innovative integration tools. An important aspect is the ever-increasing public knowledge and awareness that the country is fighting ONE epidemic of TB/HIV coinfection, and not two separate diseases. South Africa has one of the highest burdens of TB in the world, with three out of four HIV-positive people also with TB, a leading cause of death for those infected with HIV. Lack of funding and low political priority remain huge obstacles, yet the disease is treatable and curable.
To apply and receive an application form and a copy of the terms and conditions, please contact Amy Sheppey at RESULTS UK via email or telephone on +44 (0)20 7499 8238.