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An interview with Zambian global health advocate Carol Nyirenda

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Carol Nyirenda – executive director of the Community Initiative for Tuberculosis (TB), HIV/AIDS and Malaria plus related diseases – has been living with HIV for several years and is a tuberculosis survivor. A Zambian native, her advocacy work initially in TB created the foundation for her career in national and global activism that now stretches beyond HIV, TB and malaria. Nyirenda serves on the Stop TB Partnership’s New Diagnostics Working Group as a community representative, and is a board member representing communities of people living with TB, HIV and malaria for UNITAID, where she has successfully lobbied for resources for drug resistant TB diagnostics, according to the Treatment Advocacy and Literacy Campaign where Nyirenda used to work.

She sat down with Science Speaks while on her latest trip to the U.S. and discussed access to treatment and care services in Zambia, how critical Global Fund investment is to these services in her country and what has changed since the corruption allegations surfaced in 2010.