AIDS 2022: Strengthening health systems

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Strengthening health systems for holistic HIV prevention, cervical cancer and female genital schistosomiasis prevention and control services

This High-Level Political Session is calling for a unified response to HIV, cervical cancer and female genital schistosomiasis (FGS), fundamental to the health and well-being of women and girls, in all their diversity. African girls and women currently bear a disproportionate global disease burden, facing multiple and intersecting health, social, cultural and economic challenges. In recognition of this, the global health community is putting its weight behind a shared commitment to advance universal access to integrated health, SRHR and HIV services.

Dedicated to Dr Mwelecele Ntuli Malecela, Director of NTDs at the WHO – a passionate champion of women’s health and rights and at the forefront of female FGS, cervical cancer and HIV integration.


Moderator: Patriciah Jeckonia, Sr Technical Advisor, Policy and Partnerships, LVCT Health Kenya

Opening remarks: Marijke Wijnroks, Chief of Staff, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

  • Jutta Reinhard-Rupp (virtual), Head of the Global Health Institute, Merck
  • Pamela Sabina Mbabazi, WHO, Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Margaret Gyapong, Director of the Institute of Health Research (IHR) and Coordinator of the Centre for Health Policy and Implementation Research (CHPIR) at the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Ghana
  • Naisiadet Mason, Director of Public Policy, Guttmacher Institute
  • Helena Nangombe, Young Women Empowerment Network, Namibia