World Aids Day at the Adler Museum of Medicine at Wits
- Wits Communications
The Adler Museum of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences hosts a programme of events to commemorate World Aids Day on December 1.
Prof. Glenda Gray, President of the Medical Research Council will deliver the keynote address. The public is encouraged to attend.
The objective of the commemoration is to enable members of Faculty, students, HIV/ AIDS activists, NGOs and the public to engage with the art and the “artivits”. The Adler Museum is currently hosting the globally acclaimed HIV/AIDS exhibition, Through Positive Eyes. The Exhibition features over 100 photographs, sculptural works, and live storytelling documenting the realities of individuals living with HIV across the world. The exhibition houses a small theatre in which “Banishing Stigma” – a 15-minute enactment by live storytellers of the stories of HIV-positive people – is being staged.
Through story-telling, video and audio, Faculty will showcase research from the following research units, between 13:00 and 17:00:
- HIV Pathogenesis Research Unit
- MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt) (HIV self-testing by young women in rural SA)
- Perinatal HIV Research Unit (Soweto Sex Project)
- Wits Reproductive and HIV Institute
- Empilweni Services and Research Unit (HIV treatment through the lifecycle)
The evening programme runs from 17:30 until 20:30 and comprises:
- Drama for Life performance
- TPE “Artivist” Zinkle “What Questions are we asking?”
- Drama for Life Performance: “ Can we LIVE with Aids?”
- Welcome address by Dr Lionel Green-Thompson, Chair of the Adler Board
- Introduction by Chair of the SA HIV Student Society
- Keynote address by Professor Glenda Gray
- Artivists storytelling, exhibition and research showcase