Prof. Koleka Mlisana

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Prof. Mlisana is the Associate Professor and Head of both the Medical Microbiology Department at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) and National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) based at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital. She served as the Project Director of the tenofovir gel trial in eThekwini under the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), as well as the Head of HIV Pathogenesis and Vaccine Research Programme (also under CAPRISA).

Her research interests now include TB diagnostics, drug resistance as well as sexually transmitted infections. Prof Mlisana has been a member of the Board of the South African Medical Research Council and currently sits on the National Advisory Group on Immunisation (NAGI).

Mr Zazini studied electrical engineering at the then John Knox College (now Buffalo City College) and currently serves as the National Director of NAPWA (National Association of People Living with HIV and AIDS). He has been with the organisation since 2001 and has served on various capacities from branch secretary to provincial coordinator.

He used to be the National Executive Council member of the Positive Men’s Movement of South Africa. Mr Zazini also serves as one of the leaders for People Living with HIV (PLHIV) Sector under the SANAC Civil Society Forum. He has been living openly with HIV since he was diagnosed in 2001.