Carol Nawina (Nyirenda) Kachenga

Executive Director, CITAMplus- panelist

    A Zambian native, Carol Nyirenda’s 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 is the Executive Director of the Community Initiative for Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and Malaria (CITAM+) which is a patient-led organization set up by former TB patients and those co-infected with HIV. Carol is a passionate and committed community representative who uses her personal experience with both TB and HIV, as well as working directly with the affected communities at grassroot level to advocate for policy change at national, regional and international levels.

    4:20pm – 5:20pm EAT

    Tuesday, 9 March 2021 Day 2

    Pandemic-proofing primary health care

    Hosted by PATH

    The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the critical importance of resilient primary health care (PHC) systems—the world’s first and best defense against the spread of infectious disease. What have we learned from this pandemic? And how can the public health community strengthen PHC to guard against the next one? During this satellite session, public health leaders will discuss how communities, local governments, private sector, and public health organizations can help build people-centered, pandemic-proofed PHC systems for all.