Diseases, Infectious


AIDS at 30: Getting Policy and Funding Right

Speaker: Laurie Garrett

On the heels of the 30th anniversary since AIDS was recognized, the UN General Assembly will meet to discuss the next course of HIV/AIDS funding. CFR Senior Fellow for Global Health Laurie Garrett traces the initial failures to contain the spread of AIDS, and calls on international policymakers to adequately fund the combat of the deadly disease.

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The AIDS Pandemic at 30 Years: Can It Be Stopped?

Speakers: Michelle Bachelet, Paul De Lay, and Robert C. Orr
Presider: Seth Berkley

Experts discuss the advancements on AIDS prevention during the last three decades. Robert Orr, the UN assistant secretary general for strategic planning and policy coordination, argues that policymakers should continue addressing the social functions of AIDS to maintain UNAIDS' bold platform.

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The Role of the Community of Faith in HIV Prevention

Speakers: Bishop Charles E. Blake, Kenneth Hackett, and Jed Hoffman
Presider: Laurie Garrett

Experts discuss how to equip and mobilize churches and faith communities to respond to the needs of those affected by HIV/AIDS in positive ways that target the stigmas associated with the pandemic, while improving access to HIV/AIDS treatment. Bishop Charles E. Blake, chairman and CEOof Save Africa's Children,emphasizes that the black church must emulate the Biblicalleader Joseph's actions, providing humanitarian assistance to brothers and sisters struggling in Africa, the "homeland."

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Open Labs, Open Minds: Breaking Down the Barriers to Innovation and Access to Medicines in the Developing World

Speaker: Andrew Witty
Presider: Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran

Andrew Witty,Chief Executive Officer ofGlaxosmithkline, speaks about innovative and economically sustainable new ways to ensure pharmaceutical access to populations in the developing world. This meeting is part of the CEO speaker series which aims to educate the CFR membership on the private sector's important role in the policy debate by engaging the global business community's top leadership. Members benefit from hearing CEOs' perspectives as well as interacting with them in an informal setting; in turn, CEOs have the opportunity to highlight the work of their organization and strengthen their relationship with CFR.

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