ICASA 2021: From community-leadership to the fight for a people’s vaccine



Community-based organisations have been at the heart of the COVID-19 response, acting quickly to sustain HIV services to mitigate the impact of lockdown restrictions. With communities facing loss of livelihoods, a rise in teenage pregnancies and increased cases of gender-based violence, they have spearheaded innovations to bring lifesaving services to people who are marginalised.

In this session we will highlight the critical role that the HIV movement has played in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa and in fighting for access to COVID vaccines. It will also look at how the COVID-19 crisis has sparked a new interest in preparing for future pandemics, and explore the challenges that this new trend poses for our shared goal of ending AIDS in Africa, as well as the opportunities.


  • Chair: Christine Stegling, Executive Director, Frontline AIDS
  • Matthew Kavanagh, Special Advisor to the Executive Director, UNAIDS
  • Lois Chingandu, Director of External Relations, Frontline AIDS
  • Tian Johnson, Head at The African Alliance
  • Cindy Kelemi, Executive Director, BONELA