13:15 - 14:45 EDT

Ending Inequalities for Children in the AIDS Response: Fighting Complacency and Closing the Gaps


This side event will showcase the progress that can and has been achieved when political commitment, financing and community leadership come together to scale up state-of-the-art technology overcome inequalities and provide children at risk or living with HIV the best start in life and ensure they remain healthy to safely raise the next generation. The event will also call for innovative approaches, coupled with renewed action from national and community-level political leadership on pediatric HIV and AIDS, and provide an advocacy platform focused on resources, policies and visibility needed to fully and urgently address the inequalities facing women, children and families in our communities.


  • Winnie Byanyima, UNAIDS
  • Dr. Angeli Achrekar, PEPFAR
  • Dr. Jean-Jacques Mbungani Mbanda, Minister of Health of Democratic Republic of Congo 
  • Henrietta Fore, UNICEF
  • Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization, Africa
  • Chip Lyons, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation


SESSION ONE: Inequities and Innovation: Today’s Pediatric HIV/AIDS Response

  • Dr. Angela Mushavi, Ministry of Health and Child Services, Zimbabwe
  • Dr. Nelly Mugo, University of Washington
  • Dr. Olawale Fadare, ICAP
  • Dr. Martina Penazzato, World Health Organization
  • Luann Hatane, PATA
  • Meg Doherty, World Health Organization


SESSION TWO: Africa Taking the Lead for Children

  • Dr. Margaret Agama Anyatei, African Union
  • Dr. Rose Nyirenda, National AIDS Program, Malawi
  • Dr. Catherine Ngugi, Ministry of Health, Kenya  
  • Dr. Linda-Gail Bekker, Desmond Tutu Health Foundation
  • Dr. Siobhan Crowley, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria
  • Florence Anam, GNP+
  • Dee Mpafi Tanka, EGPAF Peer Counselor, Lesotho
  • Dr. Chewe Luo, UNICEF


Closing Remarks

  • Dr. Rochelle Walensky, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



Zoom: https://unaids.zoom.us/j/95037801629

YouTube: https://youtu.be/etmIadyAkH0