Originally appeared in RESULTS UK's blog
|Whoopi Goldberg meets ACTION's TB and HIV mascots at AIDS 2012|
At the 2012 International AIDS Society Conference in Washington D.C. from July 22-27, ACTION launched two new mascots for TB and HIV! In their first outing at an international conference, they even got the chance to meet internationally-renowned actress, comedian, and activist Whoopi Goldberg. During her closing remarks on a TB-HIV session at the conference, Ms. Goldberg noted:
“We can find an ant taking a poop under the stairs in space, we should be able to find a way to save peoples lives….to end AIDS, we have to join together and tackle AIDS and TB….children cannot wait!”
|ACTION's HIV mascot takes a swing at a TB pinata|
Encouraging people attending the conference to engage in and learn more about TB-HIV coinfection and its impact on AIDS and international development, the two mascots battled it out in a piñata competition at the conference's TB-HIV networking zone. They were even found on the streets of Washington D.C. taking part in protest marches, calling for an end to AIDS and TB.
RESULTS UK will continue to keep an eye out for the TB and HIV mascots at upcoming international conferences including the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease conference, taking place in November 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.