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"These Battles are Worth Fighting" Melissa Fleming (UN) interviews Winnie Byanyima (UNAIDS) - Awake at Night: S3-Episode8
22 Sep 2020 -  "...[P]eople living with HIV need to go to the clinic to collect their ARVs. Now many are afraid because they think they're going to catch Corona there. Others are prohibited because lockdowns include restrictions on movement. So we had to move in quickly to help governments to know how to apply public safety measures that don't take away the opportunity for people living with HIV and are vulnerable to seek their treatments. Then there's also human rights, that when public safety measures are applied evenly and forcefully that certain groups of people whose human rights are contested tend to suffer even more. So you found gay people, you found sex workers, you found people who inject drugs, transgender people, facing particular difficulties, more discrimination, more stigmatisation in the context of Corona."

Winnie Byanyima recently became the Director-General of UNAIDS, the United Nations organization that is leading the ambitious global effort to end HIV AIDS as a public health threat by the year 2030. Having been appointed in February, the start of her journey has been full on with the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. She talks with Melissa Fleming, in this episode of Awake At Night, about what it's been like having to deal with the complexities of two pandemics at once and what she has learnt so far.

Screen-shot photo credit: ©UNAIDS
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