“Why should people come and listen to my presentation?”, says Dr. Micheal Merson, former director of the World Health Organization’s Global Program on AIDS and founding director of the Duke University Global Health Institute, in this video. “Hopefully it will give them an opportunity to learn about how and why we fail to adequately respond to AIDS in the early days of the pandemic. Secondly, to understand what is needed now to effectively respond to the AIDS pandemic and to other pandemics in the future,” On July 25th at 10AM, Dr. Michael Merson will discuss his recent book, “The AIDS Pandemic: Searching for a Global Response”, during the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. His presentation in the Global Village is open to the general public.
Merson continues: “We now know that health is essential to economic and social development and in turn social and economic contributed to healthy societies. The two are clearly intertwined. And this was very evident for example when people with AIDS lost their jobs and were ostracized in their community. We have also seen that new and emerging diseases, at least one every year, pose a great treat to human security and can move rapidly around the world.”
“We now know that health is essential to economic and social development and in turn social and economic contributed to healthy societies. The two are clearly intertwined.” “How to generate political will for the global response? We have become victims of our false guided optimism and become complacent now that we have effective treatment. Despite the fact that we still need to place 17 million HIV infected persons on treatment. We need to remind people, to as many people as possible, particularly youth, in as many possible ways as we can, how AIDS in the past devastated many communities around the world and still is a threat to our health security today.”
“The books biggest takeaway is that a global response to any pandemic is a complex process. By understanding how and why the world responded to AIDS. We hopefully get lessons on how we continually respond appropriately to AIDS but also to other pandemics, which are sure to come.”
Click here to watch full video and here for more information on his book “The AIDS Pandemic: Searching for a Global Response”.