Fourth Annual Conference on Health and Human Rights



Taking Action


Friday, January 25, 2002

8:30 a.m. –  5:00 p.m.


Houston Hall at the University of Pennsylvania

Bodek Lounge

3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Sponsored by


Global Lawyers and Physicians (

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

African Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania (

Physicians for Human Rights (

Penn Center for AIDS Research, University of Pennsylvania (

Global AIDS Alliance (

Health Gap Coalition and Critical Path AIDS Project (

Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania (



HIV/AIDS has become one of the most formidable public health, human rights and health challenges of modern times. The AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa has overwhelmed the region and it urgently requires a concerted global effort and private/public cooperation to efficiently implement prevention and treatment strategies. 

This symposium seeks to provide answers to these challenges.  The morning session explores the meaning of the “international right to health” and its usefulness as a tool for making AIDS prevention and treatment available in Africa. Experts will give examples of concrete and workable strategies that can make a difference in the lives of African citizens. The afternoon session focuses on existing barriers to implementation, and explores possible actions to overcome them. The symposium culminates in the development of a “Philadelphia Declaration” in Defense of Health and Human Rights and the Dignity of People living with HIV/AIDS in Africa. Conference participants will join a panel of experts to discuss the provisions that should be included in the “Declaration.”


7:00 – 8:30                   Registration


8:30                            Welcome and Opening Remarks

                                    Lee Cassanelli



Chair: Paul J. Kaiser


8:30 – 9:00                   Conference Overview: Putting the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Context

                                    Evelyne Shuster


9:00 – 9:30                   The International Right to Health: Useful or Useless in the AIDS Epidemic in Africa?

George J. Annas
9:30 – 10:00                 Reflections on Successful Ways to Address the HIV/AIDS Crisis: The Case of Tanzania

                                    Theresa J. Kaijage


10:00 – 10:30               Audience Participation


10:30 – 11:00               Break


11:00 – 11:30               Private/Public Partnership:

Global AIDS and the Health Fund

Paul Zeitz


11:30 – 12:00               Global AIDS Action: The Role of American Residents

Julie Davids


12:00 – 12:30               Audience Participation


12:30 –  2:00                Lunch




Chair: Evelyne Shuster


2:00 – 2:20                   Grassroots Movements In Africa: AIDS Prevention and Treatment

                                    Rosemarie Kadende-Kaiser


2:20 – 2:40                   African-American Grassroots Movements and HIV/AIDS in Africa: Issues and Challenges in Building Solidarity with Africans

                                                Alex Otieno


2:40 – 3:00                   The Role of Health Professionals in the AIDS Campaign

Leonard Rubenstein


3:00 – 3:30                   Audience Participation


3:30 – 3:45                   Break


3:45 – 5:00                   Round Table: Developing an Action Plan -

The “Philadelphia Declaration”

Chair: George J. Annas

                                    Panelists: Julie Davids, Aranthan S. Jones, Rosemarie Kadende-Kaiser, Theresa J. Kaijage, Alex Otieno, Leonard Rubenstein, Evelyne Shuster, Paul Zeitz.


5:00                             Adjournment



The Conference should be attended by health care and public health professionals, scientists, policy makers, attorneys, legislators, ethicist-philosophers, journalists, health and human rights advocates, AIDS activists, students in science, medicine and public health, and concerned citizens.


There is no fee for attending the conference, but a voluntary contribution of $40 would be greatly appreciated. Advance registration is encouraged.



 Registration Form


Last Name                               First Name                               Middle Initial




E-mail address                                      Affiliation


Address (No. and Street or Box No.)


City                                                      State                            Zip Code


Phone                                                   Fax



Mail registration and a voluntary contribution to:

Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Ethics Program

ATTN: Evelyne Shuster

Veterans Affairs Medical Center

University and Woodland Avenues, Philadelphia, PA 19104


For questions, or for late registration, call Evelyne Shuster at (215)-823-4206




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


Julie Davids Director, Critical Path AIDS Project, Member of Health Gap and ACT UP, Philadelphia


Aranthan S. Jones II  Program Specialist at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and Fogarty International Center (FIC), Washington, DC


Rosemarie Kadende-Kaiser, PhD  Research Fellow at the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, and Instructor for the Women’s Studies Program, University of Pennsylvania


Theresa J. Kaijage  Founder of WAMATA (Walio Katika Mapambano Na AIDS Tanzania), an HIV/AIDS support group in Tanzania


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


Alex Otieno, MPH  Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Arcadia University, and Community Liaison, Outreach Coordination Center, Project H.O.M.E., Philadelphia


Leonard Rubenstein, JD Executive Director, Physicians For Human Rights, Washington, DC


Evelyne Shuster, PhD Conference Director, Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Philosophy in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania


Paul Zeitz, MD Co-Founder and Director of Global AIDS Alliance, Philadelphia