Quarraisha Abdool Karim is the UNAIDS special ambassador for adolescents and HIV. She's one of the world's leading AIDS researchers and an advocate for the rights of people living with and affected by HIV. Although new HIV infections have fallen around the world since the late 1990s, it seems that this decline has somewhat lost momentum. Quarraisha Abdool Karim explains why ending AIDS as a public health threat remains particularly challenging.
In South Africa, a country ravaged by AIDS, this epidemiologist of Indian origin has made HIV prevention her daily struggle - in particular on behalf of those women who are most vulnerable to the scourge. Her scientific discoveries contribute not only to better treatment but also to making women more self-reliant in risk prevention. FRANCE 24 takes you to meet Quarraisha Abdool Karim.
Delivering the opening plenary at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, CAPRISA’s Director, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, emphasized that 'Stepping up the pace', the theme of AIDS 2014, will require a new focus on key populations and geographical concentration of HIV, as well as intensified efforts to expand coverage of HIV testing and treatment
CAPRISA was created in 2001 and formally established in 2002 under the NIH-funded Comprehensive International Program of Research on AIDS (CIPRA) by five partner institutions; University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Cape Town, University of Western Cape, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, and Columbia University in New York. CAPRISA is a designated UNAIDS Collaborating Centre for HIV Prevention Research. The main goal of CAPRISA is to undertake globally relevant and locally responsive research that contributes to understanding HIV pathogenesis, prevention and epidemiology as well as the links between tuberculosis and AIDS care.