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The International AIDS Crisis

on February 20, 2004 Events, News and Tags:

2003-2004 Topic: Global Health Issues – Minnesota Perspectives
This event took place on February 20, 2004.

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Program Agenda

HIV/AIDS is the greatest international health challenge of our time. HIV has already infected more than 60 million people around the world. AIDS has killed 25 million people around the world — surpassing tuberculosis and malaria as the leading infectious cause of death worldwide.

Left unchecked, South and Southeast Asia, and, perhaps, China will follow the disastrous course of sub-Saharan Africa. Rapid increases in HIV infection are also occurring in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. AIDS represents a serious threat in Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • Welcome and Introductions – Mark P. Becker, Dean
  • Project PHIDISA – Make Better/Prolong Lives – The Use of Antiretroviral Therapy in South Africa – James Neaton

The importance of conducting large, randomized clinical trials in diverse international settings
Approaches to training and infrastructure building in South Africa for Project PHIDISA
Goals for the first two protocols, PHIDISA I and PHIDISA II

  • International Research in HIV/AIDS – Panel Discussion moderated by James Hart

Ethical, legal, and human rights challenges in international HIV/AIDS research
Stigma, cultural differences and health behaviors affecting health seeking behaviors
Attitudes, beliefs and taboos surrounding sex, the status of women and children and the source and etiology of HIV
Building capacity and support for operational and health services research to facilitate translation to clinical practice

  • Panel Members:

Keith Henry
Alan Lifson
Frank Rhame

  • Questions and Discussion
  • Adjourn

Guest Speakers

James D. Neaton, PhD, Professor, Biostatistics, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, provides leadership for three large international clinical trials in HIV/AIDS research. He also works as an advisor for Project PHIDISA, which means “make better/prolong lives” in three of South Africa’s home languages. Project PHIDISA was launched on World AIDS Day (December 1, 2003). It is a partnership project led by the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) and includes the Medical Research Council, Medicine Control Council, National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, and several academic institutions, including the University of Minnesota.

Keith Henry, Director, HIV Clinical Research, Hennepin County Medical Center.

Alan Lifson, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, University of Minnesota.

Frank Rhame, Research Director, Clinic 42, Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Adjunct Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota.

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