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Jayasree K. Iyer on CNBC Africa: How is COVID-19 impacting progress on HIV, malaria, and TB?

In this 25-minute interview for CNBC Africa, Jayasree K. Iyer discusses the impact of COVID-19 on progress made against HIV, malaria, and TB in Africa. 

Jayasree K. Iyer joins CNBC Africa’s Kenneth Igbomor to explore how best to address Africa’s disease burden in the midst of the global COVID-19 crisis, which has exposed gaps in the healthcare systems around the world. 

After decades of progress made toward HIV, malaria and tuberculosis, Jayasree K. Iyer explains how children are again at heightened risk from these diseases due to disruptions caused by the novel coronavirus:

“Resources are being redirected toward COVID-19 that should be there for HIV, TB and malaria. In Nigeria, with the third-largest HIV epidemic, 35,000 extra HIV-related deaths are expected due to COVID-19." 

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