Dr Sue Goldstein is a medical doctor who specialised in Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand. She worked in primary health care in Alexandra and Soweto for 10 years prior to specialising. She then became interested in health communication and health promotion and has worked as Community Education Manager at the Johannesburg City Council and at Soul City: Institute for Health and Development Communication since 1995. She has co-authored a book on Health Promotion in South Africa, and taught Health Promotion and research over many years as an honorary lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria. She has also been an external examiner for the University of the Cape Town. She also has vast experience in communication around AIDS, having worked with both the government “Beyond Awareness” campaigns and the “Khomanani” campaigns, as well as in communicating with children, though the development of the Soul Buddyz vehicle, the Soul City vehicle and the Soul Buddyz Club, the OneLove, Phuza Wize and Rise campaigns. As an individual she has always been concerned with social justice and was a founder editor of Critical Health as well as an active member of the NAMDA emergency medical services, an active member of the Progressive Primary Health Care Network and a board member of the PPASA. Dr Goldstein has presented papers at many National and International conferences.
8TH SA AIDS CONFERENCE SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMME COMMITTEE
Track 1: Basic and Clinical Sciences
Desh Archary – Track Chair
Dr Archary’s primary area is to define immune correlates of risk or protection in the genital tract in order to prevent HIV-infection in women to understand better how to protect women with the current modalities (vaccine, PrEP and combination prevention strategies) to advance the field of HIV-1 prevention. Dr Archary has first authored and co-authored twelve papers on HIV-1 in the contexts of mother-to-child-transmission, neutralizing and binding antibodies in primary and chronic infection. During her post-doctoral training, my research focused on understanding the characteristics and functional role of mucosal HIV-1 specific binding antibodies in the context of prior PrEP exposure for which she was awarded an MRC Self-Initiated Research Grant and subsequently an NRF Research Career award to expand on this area of research. She is currently expanding my research focus to the human cervical explant models in order to further interrogate the factors around the early events of HIV-acquisition.
Adrian Puren - Track Co-chair
Adrian Puren has a wide-ranging interest in the HIV field including diagnostics, research and epidemiology. His laboratory currently serves as the HVTN diagnostic end-point laboratory for testing HIV infection in vaccine trials. Adrian’s major focus is the use of laboratory and post-laboratory tools in HIV incidence estimates. He has been involved in the national surveys for HIV incidence more recently involved in studies of incidence at a localised level. Recently he has collaborated in the development of care and treatment cascades using “big data” and localised laboratory data. Adrian has a long-held interest in the role of male circumcision in prevention of HIV transmission.
Melissa-Rose Abrahams - Track Co-chair
Melissa-Rose is a Research Officer in the HIV Diversity and Pathogenesis Group based at the University of Cape Town’s Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine. She obtained her PhD in Medical Virology in 2014 at UCT.
Her work in the area of HIV prevention research includes the characterization of the transmission bottleneck in individuals from South Africa and Malawi, and the identification of early immune adaption of transmitted viruses in order to inform vaccine design. Currently, she is involved in research to inform strategies for clearance of the latent reservoir in HIV-infected African women on antiretroviral therapy.
Track 2: Epidemiology, Prevention and Public Health
David Coetzee – Track Chair
Public Health Physician with 30 years experience in infectious diseases, in particular HIV, TB, STIs and childhood infectious diseases. He spent 15 years working in HIV/TB clinics in Khayelitsha and has also conducted clinical epidemiology and operations research projects in the areas of tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and ARVs, STIs and immunization.
Nisha Jacob - Track Co-chair
Dr Nisha Jacob attained her medical degree (MBChB) from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2008. She has worked in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape provinces of South Africa in clinical, managerial and research settings. In 2016, she obtained her Fellowship in Public Health Medicine from the Colleges of Medicine South Africa. She also obtained her Masters in Medicine (Public Health Medicine) from UCT. She is currently working at the Centre for Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Research (CIDER) at the School of Public Health and Family Medicine, UCT. Her research interests include HIV, infectious diseases and child health. She is also actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate public health education.
Track 3: Social, Political, Economic and Health Systems
Tlaleng Mofokeng - Track Chair
I am the Vice-Chairperson of the Sexual & Reproductive Justice Coalition of South Africa. I run a private practice at DISA Clinic.
My consultancy work is informed by an intersectional perspective to issues relating to reproductive justice.
I am a vlogger for HEAIDS, 2016 contribute as a medical expert on numerous television, print media and radio platforms & am resident doctor at Kaya fm since 2013.
I was named one of Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans for 2016.
Neo Morojele - Track Co-Chair
Prof Neo Morojele is a Chief Specialist Scientist and the Deputy Director of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council. She is also an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand and the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town. She completed a PhD in Psychology at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, in 1994, followed by a postdoctoral research programme in 1999 at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, USA. Prof Morojele’s main research interests include adolescent substance use, and the links between alcohol use, sexual risk behaviour, HIV and AIDS. She is the Associate Editor for Africa for the Journal of Substance Use; an Associate Editor of the African Journal of Drug and Alcohol Studies; and a Consulting Editor of the International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research. She is also a member of the WHO Expert Working Group on the Classification of Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders of the International Advisory Group for the Revision of ICD-10 Mental and Behavioural Disorders.
Track 4: Ethics, Marginalization and the Protection of Human Rights
Brian Kanyemba - Track Chair
Brian Kanyemba has extensive clinical trials experience and has been with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) since 2008 and currently serves as the Key Populations Technical HIV Prevention Advisor and Key Populations Community Engagement Manager at DTHF and Advocates in HIV Prevention and AIDS (APHA). His previous experience includes HIV Prevention Research Advocacy Fellow with AVAC and an advocate with International Rectal Microbicides Advocates (IRMA). Has clinical trials and implementation research experience in iPreX, MTN017, AMP studies conducted at DTHF, South African site – providing important new HIV prevention interventions which Brian Has passion in. Currently, Brian is Doctoral Candidate at School of Public Health and Family Medicine, Division of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Cape Town.
Vuyokazi Gonyela - Track Co-Chair
Vuyokazi Gonyela is a human rights and health activist. She is currently working for SECTION27 as a National Strategic Plan review Advocacy Officer. She is also an active member and advocate of the Treatment Action Campaign. She is also a Leader of the Law and Human Rights Sector in SANAC. In her leadership roles, she also mentors young women leaders from TAC and S27.
Track 5: Best Practices: Programmes, Communications and Community Engagement
Rhulani Lehloka - Track Chair
Rhulani is a passionate community development specialist with programme design, implementation, leadership and management experience in the non-profit sector of South Africa. Born and bred in Soweto; her now distinguished career in the HIV development sector started over thirteen years ago as a volunteer. She has worked for loveLife, is previous Executive Director of The AIDS Consortium was the Chairperson of the NGO Sector of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC). She understands HIV in the context of South Africa and its diverse communities and has first-hand experience in both strategic and implementation levels. She is in the process of completing her Masters in International Public Health at University College Dublin in Ireland; her thesis explored whether alcohol exposure among HIV-infected patients was a risk factor for HIV treatment failure.
Khanyisa Dunjwa - Track Co-Chair
Khanyisa Dunjwa is a Mdantsane born Women's Rights activist, a Founder of an Adolescent movement called Passionate Unlimited Peers in Action (PUPA) based in the Eastern Cape and runs programmes that focus on Education, HIV Prevention, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. Khanyisa is the Deputy Chairperson of Women's Sector within the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) and represents the sector in the SANAC Civil Society Forum. She is the Steering Committee member of the National Teenage Pregnancy Partnership, a multi-sectoral committee that's coordinated by Ibis Reproductive Health.She is also an AVAC Fellowship Alumni whose HIV prevention work has focused on safe initiation of boys and integration of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) and traditional circumcision. Khanyisa is on the Pepfar's DREAMS project team in South Africa. She is member of the Global Fund Country Coordinating Committee which advises on the Global Fund Grant to South Africa.