November 27, 2006
World AIDS Day
Economics and Epidemics: Speakers Address Global HIV Efforts
Jeffrey Sachs, director of the United Nations Millennium Project, will take part in a Worlds AIDS Day symposium at Brown University on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Smith-Buonanno Hall, located on the Pembroke campus. The public event is free, but space is limited.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Jeffrey Sachs, the international economist and anti-poverty activist, will take part in a World AIDS Day symposium at Brown University on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Smith-Buonanno Hall, located on the Pembroke Campus.
The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. The symposium, “Voices From the Front Line: Global Economics, Health Disparities, and the AIDS Pandemic,” is sponsored by the GAIA Vaccine Foundation, the Brown University AIDS Program, The Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research, Project Achieve, and The Samuel and Esther Chester Immunology Center at The Miriam Hospital.
The symposium marks World AIDS Day, a campaign launched by the United Nations in 1997 to raise awareness about HIV, which infects an estimated 38.6 million adults and children and has killed more than 25 million people worldwide since 1981.
Sub-Saharan Africa is the epicenter of the AIDS pandemic, and speakers at the symposium will discuss efforts to improve HIV testing and treatment.
Sachs, a Harvard-trained economist and director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, heads the United Nations Millennium Development Project, the international effort to reduce extreme poverty, disease and hunger by the year 2015. Through the Millennium Villages Project, Sachs is testing a package of science-based interventions in 12 African villages to try to lift them out of poverty.
At 2:30 p.m., Sachs will discuss the project in a keynote address delivered with his wife, Sonia Ehrlich-Sachs, M.D., senior health scientist at The Earth Institute and health coordinator for the Millennium Villages Project.
At 1 p.m., E. Jane Carter, M.D., clinical assistant professor at Brown Medical School and director of the RISE Clinic at The Miriam Hospital, will discuss her work in Kenya to improve tuberculosis diagnosis, treatment and clinical care. Tuberculosis is the leading cause of death in patients living with HIV.
Space at the symposium is limited. To reserve a seat, e-mail Director@GAIAVaccine.org. Smith-Buonanno Hall is located east of Brown Street between Meeting and Bowen streets. For more information, call the GAIA Vaccine Foundation at (401) 453-2068.
Editors: Brown University has a fiber link television studio available for domestic and international live and taped interviews and maintains an ISDN line for radio interviews. For more information, call (401) 863-2476.