AIDS-Free World

Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 18h30 CET
Hotel Crowne Plaza-South, Amsterdam

AIDS-Free World To Screen Stirring and Controversial New Film on Multi-Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

AMSTERDAM — “It reminds me of exactly the same policies towards antiretrovirals for HIV,” said Stephen Lewis, Co-Director of the international advocacy organization AIDS-Free World. “People died while science danced on the head of the proverbial pin.”

Mr. Lewis introduces and narrates Two Countries, Two Choices: India, South Africa, and the Struggle Against Multi-Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis, a 30-minute documentary film produced by AIDS-Free World that will be screened on July 25.

The film condemns India for its “almost criminal” action in failing to provide two live-saving drugs to 140,000 of its citizens affected by MDR-TB — the worst and most noxious strain of tuberculosis in the world — while celebrating South Africa’s laudable dedication to rolling out the same drugs for the 20,000 with MDR-TB in that nation.

Two Countries, Two Choices, which was shot on location in India and South Africa, features commentary from leading figures in the MDR-TB world: Dr. Zarir F. Udwadia, the world-renowned lung specialist who runs a tuberculosis clinic at P.D. Hinduja hospital in Mumbai; Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, the Minister of Health of South Africa; Anand Grover, eminent Indian attorney; Dr. Norbert Ndjeka of South Africa’s Department of Health; treating physicians Drs. Jennifer J. Furin and Ramanpreet Kaur; and several others.

The film also explores the experience – and burgeoning activism – of people from both countries who are affected by MDR-TB including Goodman Mkhanda of South Africa and Nandita Venkatesan of India.

WHAT: Light refreshments followed by the screening of Two Countries, Two Choices: India, South Africa, and the Struggle Against Multi-Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis.

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, at 18h30 – 20h00. The screening will begin at 19h00.

WHERE: Hotel Crowne Plaza-South, Times Square Room, George Gershwinlaan 101, Take the 52 Metro one stop from the new Europaplein Station to Amsterdam Zuid (the terminus) Station. The hotel is a short 400-meters walk south of Zuid Station.

RSVP: None required.

CONTACT: Peter Duffy

P: +1 917-648-6533