THIRD PARTY PRESS CONFERENCE
How is COVID-19 impacting services for HIV and related health areas? New data and perspectives
Organizer: World Health Organization
The COVID-19 pandemic has raised serious challenges for health services, including those related to HIV, tuberculosis, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections. This press briefing will be held on 7 July, immediately after the satellite session “COVID-19 mitigation approaches for HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections.” Speakers will share: new data and evidence on essential service disruptions, supply chain challenges and stockouts; the findings of a new study on the associated risks and poor outcomes due to COVID among people living with HIV in South Africa; and the impact of COVID-19 on hepatitis services and achieving viral hepatitis elimination. The urgent need to strengthen access to appropriate HIV services and commodities for children in the era of COVID-19 will also be highlighted.
- Meg Doherty, Director of the Department of HIV, Hepatitis and STI programmes, WHO
- Martina Penazzato, pediatric HIV lead for the Department of HIV, Hepatitis and STI programmes, WHO
- Mary-Ann Davies, Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town
- Salim Abdool Karim, Director of the Centre for the AIDS Program of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA)