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History and Future of the Global HIV Response

October 16, 2017 • 10:00 – 11:30 am EDT

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A Conversation with Dr. Michael Merson and Dr. Stephen Inrig

On the occasion of the release of their new book “The AIDS Pandemic: Searching for a Global Response,” the Global Health Policy Center will host Dr. Michael Merson, Duke University Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health, and Dr. Stephen Inrig, Mount Saint Mary’s University Associate Professor, from 10:00am to 11:30am on Monday, October 16, in our 2nd Floor Conference Center. Drs. Merson and Inrig will discuss the origins and evolution of the global HIV/AIDS response, as well as critical current and future issues affecting the fight against the disease worldwide, which were recently highlighted in papers issued by the CSIS HIV Working Group.

 “This ambitious book provides a comprehensive history of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Programme on AIDS (GPA), using it as a unique lens to trace the global response to the AIDS pandemic. The authors describe how WHO came initially to assume leadership of the global response, relate the strategies and approaches WHO employed over the years, and expound on the factors that led to the Programme’s demise and subsequent formation of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The authors examine the global impact of this momentous transition, portray the current status of the global response to AIDS, and explore the precarious situation that WHO finds itself in today as a lead United Nations agency in global health.

The global response – the strategies adopted, the roads taken and not taken, and the lessons learned – can provide helpful guidance to the global health community as it continues tackling the AIDS pandemic and confronts future global pandemics.”

A complimentary copy of Dr. Merson’s and Dr. Inrig’s book will be available at the event while supplies last. For those joining by webcast or interested in reading the book ahead of the event, you may obtain a 15 percent discount on the electronic version of the book by completing this form.

The event will be webcast live from the event page. Please register at the link above and contact Sara Allinder,, with questions.

Sara M. Allinder
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Global Health Policy Center

Dr. Michael Merson

Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health, Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Strategy and Programs, Duke University

Dr. Stephen Inrig

Associate Professor, Mount Saint Mary's University