Winstone Zulu's activism for HIV/TB will be sorely missed

Feature story
18 October 2011

The global fight against the HIV/TB combined epidemic has greatly benefitted from the extraordinary activism and leadership of Winstone Zulu. He was one of the first advocates to shed light on the HIV/TB dual epidemics, sharing his story of living and surviving with HIV/TB co-infection with millions of people, including global leaders.

Over the past decade, Winstone has often advised WHO to develop normative guidelines and standards to help countries improve preventive therapies and treatments for HIV and TB for people living with the two diseases. "Winstone's activism and advice were invaluable," said Dr Gottfried Hirnschall, Director of HIV Department. "His work will continue to inspire us, as well as future leaders to build on the achievements we have made so far in the fight against HIV/TB".

People living with HIV are most vulnerable to TB. Despite this vulnerability, less than 1% of all people living with HIV had access to isoniazid preventive therapy for TB in 2009. The same year, around 13% of all new TB cases globally were found among people living with HIV. But access to life-saving antiretroviral treatment remains very low in these communities. 

Winstone Zulu was 47 when he died on 12 October 2011 in Lusaka, Zambia. He is survived by his wife and two children.