The ACET Ireland team has over 200 years of experience responding to pandemics. For World AIDS Day we are gathering four members of that team who between them have over a century working directly on HIV. Together they will share reflections and experiences from many countries and contexts on what the WHO classify as the two global epidemics in the world today: Covid-19 and HIV.
Prof. Sam McConkey is the Chairman of the ACET Ireland Board of Trustees and heads the department of Tropical Medicine and International Health at RCSI. He has many decades of experience working on epidemics including in West Africa.
Terrie Colman Black established the care work of ACET Ireland in 1992. She currently leads the Quilt Group, a gathering of women in Dublin who continue to remember the impact of HIV on their families and their communities.
Dr. Yvon Luky provided medical care for those living with and dying of AIDS in the 1980s in Kinshasa, DRC. Since then he has brought his extensive experience to Ireland where he has supported ethnic minority members including through his own local church which he leads. He is currently the Faith Communities Coordinator with ACET Ireland.
Richard Carson became a Care Volunteer with ACET Ireland straight out of college in 1998. He has educated and trained groups nationally and internationally on HIV and is currently the CEO.