The Far End of the Road: Achieving UNAIDS 90-90-90

The Far End of the Road: Achieving UNAIDS 90-90-90Paris Jackson in Malawi. Credit: Samora Chapman for The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
5:30 PM
Tamkin Auditorium
UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center
757 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095




To date, HIV/AIDS has killed over 36 million people around the world. UNAIDS' ambitious “90-90-90” HIV treatment goals set forth a global strategy to achieve an end to the deadly pandemic: the global health community shall work to ensure that 90% of people with HIV know about their status, that 90% of people diagnosed with HIV receive antiretroviral therapy on a continuous basis, and that 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy achieve viral suppression by 2020. This panel will discuss effective partnerships and interventions that are putting populations traditionally difficult to reach on target to achieving 90-90-90—even at the far end of the road.

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AMBASSADOR VIRGINIA PALMER is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. She arrived in Lilongwe on January 27, 2015 to assume her responsibilities as the U.S. Ambassador to Malawi. Prior to serving in Malawi, she was the Deputy Chief of Mission in Pretoria from 2011 to 2014, including extended service as Chargé d’ Affaires a.i. She served in similar capacities at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam. She served in the Department of State as the Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism from 2005 to 2008 and Director of the East Asia Bureau’s Office of Economic Policy from 2004 to 2005. She was Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. Her other postings include Beijing, Hong Kong, Harare, Calgary, the Office of Maghreb Affairs, and the Operations Center. She received her Masters from the University of Virginia and B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University. She also attended Washington University in St. Louis. Ambassador Palmer speaks Chinese and French. She and her husband, Ismail Asmal, also a Foreign Service Officer, have two daughters.

QUINN TIVEY is a co-trustee of the Elizabeth Taylor estate, brand, and The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. As grandson of Elizabeth Taylor, he carries on her legacy and passion, committing to the future of her brand as a purpose-driven company, while working closely with ETAF and its partners. He is a sought-after speaker and representative of the foundation, participating at high-profile events, including the International AIDS Conference, the annual PEPFAR meeting, the Global Fund’s Board Meetings, the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, The Social Good Summit, MCON, and more. Quinn also has an art background and an MFA, and uses his personal photography to highlight the work of the foundation and the people it serves.

IRENE NKOSI is a Site Coordinator for mothers2mothers (m2m) at Dark City Clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa. Nkosi and her team provide crucial education and support to pregnant women and new mothers living with HIV in order to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and help them stay healthy. A mother to two daughters, Nkosi lived her life in two halves. The first of those halves was filled with trials. At the age of five, she was neglected and abused by those she loved and trusted. At sixteen, Nkosi was raped and her attacker was never jailed. Still in her teens, she became a mother, alone and with no support. She was convinced that no one loved her, not even God. When her daughter was six years old, Nkosi became pregnant again and was diagnosed with HIV. Her family rejected her and called her names. It was only later that she dicovered m2m, when a nurse showed her an advert seeking Mentor Mothers. It was at the m2m training that she shared the events of her life for the first time. Nkosi felt so loved and supported by the women she met at m2m, which gave her courage to educate her family about HIV. She started seeing change as her family began to ask questions and became more involved. m2m helped Nkosi gain more knowledge, get heard, get closure and help others who are going through the same journey. Tragically, Nkosi’s second child suddenly passed away while in pre-school, but the support she now had in her life helped her cope with pain of that death. Four years ago she stumbled upon a lovely man who was to become her husband. They now share a daughter who is nearly a year old. As a Site Coordinator, Nkosi and her staff educate expectant mothers about PMTCT and maternal and child health topics including: nutrition, safe sex practices, HIV/AIDS treatment, best feeding options, reproductive health and family planning, grief counselling, and general health maintenance for mother and child. Additionally, Nkosi is a Spokesperson for m2m, providing community outreach on subjects including combating stigma and promoting HIV/AIDS awareness and testing. Nkosi plans to further her studies in project management. She believes that she is now a mother her daughters can be proud of, a woman who was once a victim but is now a survivor.   



THOMAS J. COATES, PhD, is Director of the UCLA Center for World Health, which advances the international and global health mission of the David Geffen School of Medicine and UCLA Health. He is also Director of the University of California Global Health Institute, which advances the mission of the 10-campus UC system to improve the lives of people in California and around the world. He is the Michael and Sue Steinberg Endowed Professor of Global AIDS Research within the Division of Infectious Diseases at UCLA. He co-founded the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at UCSF in 1986 and directed it from 1991 to 2003, and was the founding Executive Director of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute, leading it from 1996 to 2003. His areas of emphasis and expertise are global health, HIV prevention and its relationship to treatment, and international health policy. With funding from USAID and WHO, he led a randomized controlled trial to determine the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of HIV voluntary counseling and testing for individuals and couples in Kenya, Tanzania, and Trinidad. He has just completed directing a 48-community randomized clinical trial (NIMH Project Accept/HPTN 043) in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Thailand to determine the impact of strategies for mobile HIV voluntary counseling and testing and for changing community norms on HIV incidence at the community level. Dr. Coates was cited in Science in 2002 as the 4th-highest-funded scientist in the clinical, social, and behavioral sciences. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2000, and has served on the IOM’s Board on Global Health.

Cost : Free and open to the public

Sponsor(s): Burkle Center for International Relations, UCLA Center for World Health, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, mothers2mothers, Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services, UCLA AIDS Institute, UCLA Center for AIDS Research