Quarter 4 2021
Message from CDC’s Global Health Leaders

The Drumbeat, Division of Global HIV and TB
Acting Director, Center for Global Health, Nathaniel Smith, MD, MPH

Nathaniel Smith MD, MPH

Director, Division of Global HIV and TB, Hank Tomlinson, PhD

Hank Tomlinson, PhD

World AIDS Day 2021: Message from CDC’s Global Health Leaders

In commemoration of World AIDS Day 2021, Acting Director for CDC’s Center for Global Health Nathaniel Smith MD, MPH and Director of CDC’s Division of Global HIV & TB Hank Tomlinson PhD delivered a joint message. The two leaders acknowledged the tireless work of CDC and partners gaining ground in the fight against HIV, even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.


In a Dear Colleague Letter to partners, Drs. Smith and Tomlinson remarked on the progress made and lessons learned during the pandemic. “We should apply these lessons to not only secure future gains and sustain progress towards HIV epidemic control,” they said, “but also to build systems that are resilient to future health threats.”

Read the full letter here >>

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Xolani’s Story: An HIV and TB Survivor Pays it Forward

In 2009, Xolani was diagnosed with HIV. With his immune system compromised, he contracted TB, then meningitis – both potentially fatal illnesses. Thanks to treatment and the support of his family, today, he is healthy. He is also paying it forward as an expert client in CDC’s CommLink program – an initiative that pairs people living with HIV with those who are newly diagnosed. Read how Xolani and hundreds like him are dramatically transforming HIV treatment for patients globally.

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Reimagining HIV Treatment Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

As a result of government lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries found that meeting the needs of patients living with HIV became more challenging. In fact, millions of people living with HIV worldwide have experienced disrupted access to routine HIV testing and treatment during the global pandemic. Learn how CDC and partners are launching and expanding innovative solutions to ensure those living with HIV have uninterrupted access to lifesaving treatment.

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Ending Gender-Based Violence Across the World

Freedom from violence is a human right, yet 1 in 3 women worldwide has been coerced into sex, beaten, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. CDC’s 16 Days Against GBV campaign, “From 16 to 365 Days of Action,” aims to increase awareness about gender-based violence (GBV) – a common barrier to HIV treatment and prevention. The campaign, part of an international effort, highlights CDC’s work as a global leader in GBV prevention and response. Follow us on social media to learn more.

News You Can Use: Global HIV & TB Resources for You!

CDC offers a range of compelling and easily-downloadable resources you can use on your platforms to highlight the urgency and impact of fighting HIV and TB around the world. This quarter, we are pleased to share the 2021 DGHT Country Profiles, which are now posted on our website. These profiles highlight the impact of CDC’s efforts to fight HIV and TB in the 45 countries and regions we serve worldwide. Feel free to share broadly with your networks!