Dying from lack of treatment: The international AIDS crisis

MSF at the UN Special Assembly on HIV/AIDS<BR> A panel discussion.
7 pm, Thursday, June 21 (Reception at 6:30 pm) Proshansky Auditorium, The Graduate Center, CUNY 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, Manhattan FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC New York - On June 25, world leaders will gather in New York to convene the first United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS (UNGASS). The meeting will culminate in the signing of a "declaration of commitment" on fighting the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. Making the antiretroviral drugs that have dramatically reduced AIDS mortality rates in Europe and the United States available to the 34 million people living with HIV/AIDS in poor countries is barely on the agenda. On June 21, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will bring together AIDS physicians and advocates from Cameroon, Kenya, Thailand, and Ukraine to discuss their efforts to make antiretrovirals available to people with HIV/AIDS in the developing world., and why treatment, not only prevention, must be a priority in the battle against HIV/AIDS. Speakers:
  • Chris Ouma, M.D., Action Aid Kenya, treats people with AIDS in the slums of Nairobi and has been an outspoken critic of international trade agreements that have kept antiretrovirals out of the reach of his patients.
  • Rose Mougnutou, M.D., treats people with HIV/AIDS in MSF's project in Cameroon.
  • Onanong Bunjumnong, leads MSF's Access to Essential Medicines Campaign in Thailand.
  • Konstantin Lezhentsev, M.D., is an advocate for affordable AIDS treatments in the Ukraine where he works on MSF's HIV treatment program for mothers and their children.
  • Anne-Valerie Kaninda, M.D., Medical Adviser to MSF's Access to Essential Medicines Campaign will moderate the event.