The Union

The State of TB and HIV on the 27th anniversary of World AIDS Day: Panel Discussion

Room: Auditorium I

Moderator: Meera Senthilingam (UK)


Mark Dybul (Switzerland) is Executive Director, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Dr Mark Dybul has worked on HIV and public health than 25 years as a clinician, scientist, teacher and administrator. A graduate of Georgetown Medical School, he joined the
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where
he conducted HIV research, including the first randomized,
controlled clinical trial with combination antiretroviral therapy in Africa. He was a driving force behind the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and served as US Global AIDS Coordinator from 2006 to 2009. In 2012 he was appointed Executive Director of The Global Fund. He is also a Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Dr Luiz Loures (Switzerland) is Deputy Executive Director of UNAIDS and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Linda-Gail Bekker (South Africa) is President-Elect, International AIDS Society; Professor of Medicine and Deputy Director, Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town; and Chief Operating Officer, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation.

Dr Linda-Gail Bekker, MBChB, DTMH, DCH, FCP(SA), PhD, is a physician scientist with a keen interest in HIV, tuberculosis and related diseases. Her doctoral work focused on the host response to tuberculosis both with and in the absence of HIV co-infection. Subsequently her research interests have expanded to include programmatic and action research around antiretroviral roll out and TB integration, prevention of HIV in women, youth and men who have sex with men, which have led to numerous publications. In her role in the Foundation, she is passionate about community development and engagement and actively explores new and innovative ways to tackle the challenge that is HIV.

Constance Manwa (Zimbabwe) is a TB survivor.

Constance Manwa (Zimbabwe) is a 32-year-old survivor of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). She was living with HIV when she developed MDR-TB and received treatment for both at one of the Union-supported clinics providing integrated TB-HIV care in Zimbabwe. Through this approach she was successfully cured of MDR-TB. Today she continues to receive antiretroviral treatment through the clinic and is living a happy, healthy life with her family and six-year-old son, who is TB-free and HIV-negative.

Award presentation  

The Karel Styblo Public Health Prize

The Karel Styblo Public Health Prize, awarded by The Union, acknowledges a health worker (physician or lay-person) or a community organisation for contributions to tuberculosis control or lung health over a period of 10 years or more.

Topics Legend

CLH = Child TB & Lung Health

CS = Civil Society


LH = Lung Health


NCDs = Non-Communicable Diseases

NAPs = Nursing & Allied Professions

TC = Tobacco Control

TB = Tuberculosis

ZOO = Zoonotic TB

RES = Research