Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa with Mark Schoofs

Date: 
March 13, 2012 - 14:00 - 15:30
Building: 
Nador u. 13
Room: 
Room 002
Event type: 
Event audience: 
Presenter(s): 
Mark Schoofs, Open Society Fellow
CEU host unit(s): 
Public Health Research Group

CEU’s Public Health Research Group

cordially invites you to a presentation by

Mark Schoofs

 

Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa

 

Three decades into the global AIDS pandemic, science has finally developed tools to constrict the torrent of new infections to a trickle. We have the public health tools to do this in Africa, where AIDS is worst. In effect, we can end AIDS as an epidemic, and transform it into a manageable health problem. This opportunity is revolutionary, especially in Africa, where the disease has orphaned millions of children and undermined the economy and government budgets. Yet I have found that many people who work in HIV -- let alone those in global development in general -- don’t grasp the astonishing opportunity science has given us. So I will try to explain this revolution, and in so doing discuss, at least a little, the interplay between research, activism, and journalism.

 

About Mark Schoofs,

 

Mark Schoofs is currently a senior editor at ProPublica, an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism. . During his term as an Open Society Fellow, Mark conducted research for a forthcoming book, "Sex and Blood: A Tale of Two Epidemics", about the distinct historical, economic and cultural forces that have shaped the Russian and South African AIDS epidemics. He also teaches journalism at Yale University. He worked for more than a decade as a foreign and investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where he wrote on topics as diverse as abuse and fraud in the American Medicare system, the effects of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, access to medicine in developing nations, the international trade in illegal drugs, money laundering, innovative policing methods and gay life in Africa. Mark won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for an eight-part series on AIDS that he wrote when he worked for The Village Voice. He lives in Harlem, New York.

 

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