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UCL Lancet Lecture 2008 - 24th November

31 October 2008

One of our most important events of the year was held on Monday, 24th November 2008 when Professor Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, gave UCL’s annual Lancet Lecture.  Entitled "Equity, global health and the fight against disease" which forms part of UCL’s continuing commitment to fighting global health and environmental issues.  A podcast of Professor Kazatchkine's talk is now available.


The economic gains achieved though globalization have been characterized by increased inequities between the world’s rich and poor. The experience of the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria highlights the importance of health in the development agenda and shows how disease-targeted programs can help bridge inequities between the global north and south. The presentation will focus on the specific experience of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria as an innovative and inclusive model in health and development which offers strong incentives for improving efficiency and productivity in health systems, national ownership of programs and accountability for results.

Professor Kazatchkine has spent the past 20 years fighting AIDS as a leading physician, researcher, r, advocate, policy maker and diplomat.  He attended medical school at Necker-Enfants-Malades in Paris, studied Immunology at the Pasteur Institute and has completed postdoctoral fellowships at St Mary’s hospital in London and Harvard Medical School.  Professor Kazatchkine has produced more than 600 research papers focusing on auto-immunity, drug therapy, immuno-intervention and HIV pathogenesis, and has been widely published in The Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Medicine and other leading journals.  In February 2005 he was named France’s global HIV/AIDS and communicable diseases ambassador.

Previous speakers at this annual event have included two Nobel Prize winners - Professor Daniel Kahneman and Professor Amartya Sen; the former UK Secretary of State for International Development - the Right Honourable Clare Short; the Indian writer and activist Vandana Shiva; the Prime Minister of Norway Mr Jens Stoltenberg; and last year the Nigerian Minister of Health - Dr Adenike Grange.