Third Annual Conference on Health and Human Rights

Third Annual Conference on Health and Human Rights

HIV/AIDS in Africa:

The Critical Link Between Human Rights and Health

Friday, February 2, 2001

8:30 – 5:00

Houston Hall at the University of Pennsylvania, Bodek Lounge
3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Sponsored by

African Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania (

Global Lawyers and Physicians (

Human Rights and Ethics Program, Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center (

Physicians for Human Rights (

This third annual conference on Health and Human Rights will focus on HIV/AIDS in Africa and the critical link between human rights and health as a framework to confront the epidemic and develop an action plan to address it. The emphasis will be on realistic opportunities for action that can make a difference in the lives of those affected with HIV/AIDS in Africa. The objectives of the conference are to:

Who Should Attend? Health care professionals and students in science, medicine and public health; policymakers, attorneys, philosophers, human rights advocates and AIDS activists, and concerned citizens.

For more information call 215-823-4206, or email:

8:00 – 8:30 Registration


      1. Putting HIV/AIDS Epidemics in Context

8:30 – 8:45 Welcome. Lee Cassanelli

8:45 – 9:30 Keynote: Understanding Sub-Saharan Africa: Working Towards International Solidarity. Chatinkha C. Nkhoma

9:30 - 10:45 African Perspectives

Chair: Paul Kaiser

10:15 – 10:45 Audience Participation

10:45 – 11:15 Break

11:15 – 12:30 Health and Human Rights Perspectives

11:15 – 11:40 Health and Human Rights: The Inextricable Link to Solving the AIDS Crisis in Africa. George J. Annas

11:40 – 12:05 Cultural Diversity and Universality: What Human Rights Language Brings to the HIV/AIDS Crisis. Michael M. Grodin

12:05 – 12:30 Audience Participation

12:30 –2:00 Lunch


      1. Current Strategies: Making A Difference

2:00 – 2:20 Between Hope and Despair: Groping for Answers to the HIV/AIDS Crisis. Alex Otieno

2:20 – 2:40 Access to AIDS Treatment. Anne Valery

2:40 – 3:00 Taking Health and Human Rights Seriously.

Leonard Rubenstein

3:00 – 3:15 Audience Participation

3:15 – 3:30 Break

3:30 – 4:45 Round Table Approaches to the Crisis: What Should and Can be Done Now?

Panelists: George J. Annas (Chair), Michael M. Grodin, Keith Hansen, Rosemarie Kadende-Kaiser, Kalala Ngalamulume, Zolani Ngwane, Chatinkha C. Nkhoma, Alex Otieno, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Leonard Rubenstein, Evelyne Shuster, Jeffrey L. Sturchio, Anne Valery.

4:45- 5:00 Conference Summary and Action Plan. Michael M. Grodin


George J. Annas, JD, MPH. Professor and Chair, Health Law Department, Boston University School of Public Health, and Co-Founder, Global Lawyers and Physicians

Lee Cassanelli, PhD. Director, African Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania

Michael A. Grodin, MD. Professor, Health Law Department, Boston University School of Public Health, and Co-Founder, Global Lawyers and Physicians

Keith Hansen, Senior Economist, World Bank – Africa HIV/AIDS Program (invited)

Rosemarie Kadende-Kaiser, PhD. Visiting Scholar, Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, University of Pennsylvania

Paul J. Kaiser, PhD. Associate Director, African Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania

Kalala Ngalamulume, PhD. Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and History, Bryn Mawr College

Zolani Ngwane, PhD. Department of Anthropology, Haverford College

Chatinkha C. Nkhoma. An AIDS activist from Malawi and consultant to such organizations as UNAIDS and USAID- Save the Children, consultant to the Malawi government, ministries of foreign affairs, women, children, social welfare and community services.

Alex Otieno. Health Studies, Temple University and Community Liaison For the Outreach Coordination Center, Project H.O.M.E.

Leonard Rubenstein, JD. Executive Director, Physicians for Human Rights, Washington, DC

Evelyne Shuster, PhD. Director, Human Rights and Ethics Program, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia

Jeffrey L. Sturchio, MD. Executive Director, Public Affairs, Human Health- Europe, Middle East, Africa. Merk and Co., Inc.

Anne Valery, MD. Medical Advisor, Medecins Sans Frontieres


There is no fee for attending the conference, but voluntary contribution of $25 would be greatly appreciated. Advance registration is encouraged.

Registration Form.

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Please include complete information, and mail this form to: VA Medical Center, Ethics Program, Attn: Evelyne Shuster, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, University and Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19104.

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar
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