Academic journal article Human Ecology

Human Ecology Experts Lead Symposium on AIDS Crisis in Africa

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Human Ecology Experts Lead Symposium on AIDS Crisis in Africa

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Dozens of scholars, policymakers, and stakeholders from across the globe gathered at the United Nations in New York City on September 9 for an academic symposium on the AIDS crisis in Africa coordinated by the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell.

The event was part of a series of five symposia focused on social, economic, and health problems in Africa. The series was designed to identify gaps in knowledge and policy, and guide future research. These symposia help to prepare and educate UN staff, delegates, and nonprofit organizations working to assist African countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals, a set of public health and economic goals developed by the United Nations to improve worldwide conditions by 2015.

The series is sponsored by the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell, the United Nations University (UNU), the Turkish Mission to the United Nations, and UNAIDS.

"Cornell's leadership in this series highlights the global focus and impact of our research," said Patrick Stover, professor and director of both Cornell's UNU Food and Nutrition Programme and the Division of Nutritional Sciences. "It offers us new opportunities to translate premier scholarship to application in the developing world for the benefit of all humanity"

David Sahn, International Professor of Economics in Nutritional Sciences and the Department of Economics, led off the September symposium with an overview of the AIDS problem and objectives of the meeting, and then led the first panel, which addressed the effect of HIV and anti-retroviral therapy on families, children, and youth.

Globally, 33 million people suffer from HIV/AIDS, and more than two-thirds of the affected live in sub-Saharan Africa. This estimate includes some 1.7 million who were newly infected last year.

The infection rate in Africa varies widely in different regions, Sahn explained. …

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