Posted by: blog4globalhealth | 01/27/2012


As the International AIDS Conference returns to the U.S., Craig Moscetti shares some of the names that will shape the agenda

Today the organizers of the XIX International AIDS Conference (IAC) announced 15 plenary speakers and presentations that will help shape the overall conference theme “Turning the Tide Together.” Many global health advocates are excited to see the conference back in the United States after a 22-year ban on entry into the U.S. for people infected with HIV/AIDS was overturned by President Obama in late 2009. The conference also comes as a critical time for global health financing generally, and efforts to reaffirm U.S. leadership specifically. Coming just six months after a speech by Secretary Clinton to recommit the to helping achieve an AIDS-free generation, and President Obama’s World AIDS Day commitments, the IAC and the G8 Summit being held in Chicago are shaping up to be two huge political stages for the U.S. and its future positioning in global health.

Here are the 15 newly released plenary presentations and speakers – a combination of several long-standing challenges in trying to turn the tide on the epidemic, but also a more pronounced focus on HIV and broader global health issues, including the intersection with growing challenges like non-communicable diseases. What are your thoughts? Please leave your thoughts and comments.

Monday, 23 July: Ending the Epidemic: Turning the Tide
Ending the HIV Epidemic: From Scientific Advances to Public Health Implementation
Anthony S. Fauci, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), United States

The U.S. Epidemic
Phill Wilson, Black AIDS Institute, United States

Turning the Tide in Affected Countries: Leadership, Accountability and Targets
Sheila Tlou, UNAIDS

Tuesday, 24 July: Challenges and Solutions
Viral Eradication – the Cure Agenda
Javier Martinez-Picado, AIDS Research Institute – IrsiCaixa, University Hospital “Germans Trias i
Pujol”, Spain

Implementation Science: Making the New Prevention Revolution Real
Nelly Mugo, University of Nairobi and Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenya

What Will It Take to Turn the Tide?
Bernhard Schwartländer, UNAIDS

Wednesday, 25 July: Turning the Tide on Transmission
Bart Haynes, Duke Human Vaccine Institute, United States

Turning the Tide for Women and Girls
Geeta Rao Gupta, UNICEF

Turning the Tide for Children and Youth
Chewe Luo, UNICEF

Thursday, 26 July: Dynamics of the Epidemic in Context
Turning the Tide for MSM and HIV
Paul Semugoma, Global Forum on MSM and HIV, Uganda

The Tide Cannot Be Turned without Us: HIV Epidemics amongst Key Affected Populations (Public Health, Human Rights and Harm Reduction)
Cheryl Overs, Monash University, Australia

Expanding Testing and Treatment
Gottfried Hirnschall, WHO

Friday, 27 July: HIV in the Larger Global Health Context
TB and HIV – Science and Implementation to Turn the Tide on TB
Anthony Harries, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, France

Intersection of Non-Communicable Diseases and Ageing in HIV
Judith Currier, University of California, Los Angeles, United States

Optimization, Effectiveness and Efficiency of Service Delivery – Integration of HIV and Health Services
Yogan Pillay, National Department of Health, South Africa

Craig Moscetti is the senior manager for policy at the Global Health Council.

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