To view an epidemic through the eyes of every facet of these diseases is a life changing opportunity. Sitting in the AIDS 2012 Media Centre, keeping good company with some of the best journalists in the world, I reflected on the knowledge I gained during my days as a volunteer and attendee of the conference.
My key takeaway has to be the overarching theme of collaboration.
As every successful communications professional should, I understand the importance of knowing your audience and utilizing collaborative efforts to problem solve. During the conference, I met researchers, scientists and policy wonks who could not agree more.
In the session Africa-India HIV Learning Exchange: Approaches To Achieving Scale, I learned that although many populations are not involved in collaborative efforts, India, Ghana and Nigeria are contributing to worldwide cooperation to share information about the impact AIDS has on various populations.