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Gerald and Sally DeNardo Lectureship and the President's Speaker Series: “Global Health: Taking Stock of 'Neglected Diseases'” As director of Infectious Diseases Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Rabinovich develops and implements strategies for the prevention, treatment, and control of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and pneumonia. Given that vaccines are often unavailable for poor countries, Dr. Rabinovich has embarked on a personal crusade to create awareness of the impact of these diseases on global health, 7:30 p.m., Louis B. Mayer Theatre, free, advance reservations requested.
"Syndemics!" While the H1N1 flu virus introduced us to the idea of pandemics, Dr. Merrill Singer has developed the concept "syndemic" to draw attention to the significance of disease interactions. A syndemic occurs when two diseases afflict a population at the same time, one magnifying the negative health effects of the other, especially as a consequence of adverse social conditions such as poverty. Dr. Singer, a cultural and medical anthropologist, holds a dual appointment as Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Health, Intervention, and Presention, and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, 6 p.m., Saint Clare Room, 3rd Floor, Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center, & Orradre Library, free.
Ethics at Noon: “Fair Trade Health: Access to Essential Drugs for the Poor.” About one third of all deaths, 18 million per year, are poverty-related. Reasons for this include that the global poor cannot access many of the existing drugs and technologies they need and that little of the new drugs and technologies benefits the poor. Dr. Hassoun considers new ways of restructuring incentives for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to encourage them to exte3nd access to essential drugs and technologies to the poor. An Assistant Professor in Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Hassoun is spending this year at the Center for Ethics and Society at Stanford University, 12 noon, Wiegand Room, Arts & Sciences Building, free.
This film depicts the inspiring story of Marion Cloete, who, with her husband and three daughters, fearlessly walked away from a privileged life in a wealthy Johannesburg suburb to build Botshabelo, an extraordinary village and school that provides shelter, food, and education to more that 550 South African children. Angels in the Dust is a story of hope and healing in the face of a staggering crisis as AIDS is leaving entire South African villages decimated and thousands of children orphaned, with no adults to raise them. Talkback immediately following the film. 7 p.m., Recital Hall, Music & Dance Building, free. Co-sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and the Center of Performing Arts.