Call to Action on Women, HIV & AIDS, and NCDs: Multimedia

Panelists at the July 21 satellite session on women, HIV & AIDS, and NCDs. {Photo credit: Rachel Hassinger/MSH.}

Panelists at the July 21 satellite session on women, HIV & AIDS, and NCDs. {Photo credits: Rachel Hassinger/MSH.}

MSH co-organized a satellite session on July 21, 2014, on women, HIV & AIDS, and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) with the American Cancer Society (ACS), Medtronic, and the Task Force on Non-communicable Diseases and Women’s Health. MSH President & CEO Jonathan D. Quick, MD, MPH, opened the session. Bob Chapman (American Cancer Society) introduced a new video series on people living with chronic diseases.

Sandy Thurman (US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief [PEPFAR]) provided context on the current state of women, HIV & AIDS, and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Thurman shared examples from Pink Ribbon/Red Ribbon, a partnership between the George W. Bush Institute (GWBI), PEPFAR, Susan G. Komen, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), as well as corporate and foundation members.

Living with HIV, Young Professionals, Implementers

Dr. Quick and panelists L’Orangelis Thomas Negron, HIV & AIDS activist; Kim Green, FHI360; Jordan Jarvis, Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network; and Katie Reichert, Building Local Capacity for Delivery of HIV Services in Southern Africa (MSH), discussed barriers to health for women in low-and middle-income countries living with HIV & AIDS and chronic non-communicable diseases.

A lively Q&A session included questions and ideas from colleagues working in Malawi, Kenya, and more.

A doctor from Malawi discusses challenges and hopes for integrating HIV and NCD services. {Photo credit: Rachel Hassinger/MSH.}

A doctor from Malawi discusses challenges and hopes for integrating HIV and NCD services.

Stay tuned for more from MSH and partners on stepping up the pace for women, HIV, and NCDs.

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“Health for all requires access for all–and acceptance for all”: Dr. Quick Introduces Mann Lecturer Hon. Michael Kirby at Opening Plenary

Dr. Jonathan D. Quick introducing the Hon. Michael Kirby at AIDS 2014 opening plenary session (July 20, 2014). {Photo credit: Barbara Ayotte/MSH.}

Dr. Jonathan D. Quick introducing the Hon. Michael Kirby at AIDS 2014 opening plenary session (July 20, 2014). {Photo credit: Barbara Ayotte/MSH.}

MSH President & CEO Dr. Jonathan D. Quick introduced the Hon. Michael Kirby during the AIDS 2014 opening session on Sunday, July 20.

Watch Dr. Jonathan D. Quick and Hon. Michael Kirby

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Transcript of Quick’s remarks (as delivered)

Jonathan D. Quick, MD, MPH:

Distinguished dignitaries, colleagues, friends, ladies and gentlemen: Good evening.

This seems to be the “evening of the youth.” Let’s give another very warm thanks to Yhana Haule from Tanzania and to Ayu Oktariani from Indonesia.

(APPLAUSE)

It’s a pleasure being here on behalf of the Global Health Council to introduce the Honorable Michael Kirby, who will give tonight’s Jonathan Mann Memorial Lecture.

A few weeks ago, I had a wonderful conversation with Jonathan Mann’s daughter, Lydia. She described the joy and satisfaction he felt working with groups like TASO, Act-Up and other activist groups.

I asked Lydia what her father would say if he were here tonight:

“He would be so happy and proud of what, in the 15 years since his death, this community has achieved by working together.

“He would also share his disappointment at how much more is left to be done.”

The Jonathan Mann Memorial Lecture was established in 2000 to honor this outspoken & tireless advocate who put human rights at the forefront in fight against AIDS. Dr. Mann and his wife died tragically in a 1998 plane crash in route to an AIDS conference.

It’s devastating that the AIDS community has lost yet another outspoken pioneer in Joep Lange — and with him five others from our community. We honor them tonight as we honor Jonathan Mann, who we also lost prematurely.

Jonathan Mann fought vigorously for the voiceless, the vulnerable, the stigmatized. By making AIDS — and with it health — a human rights issue, Jonathan Mann inspired a generation of activists.

But his mission is not finished.

The proven power of human rights in the fight against HIV/AIDS has become a catalyst for defending human rights across the entire health agenda.

Human rights are at the very core of universal health coverage.

That’s why we at Management Sciences for Health, along with scores of NGOs and other organizations around the globe support countries that are pursuing the UHC vision of health for all.

Health for all requires access for all – and acceptance for all.

We cannot stand by and watch discriminatory laws against the LGBT community so audaciously violate human rights, as we have recently seen in several countries.

Dr. Mann believed that once you take away the rights of some, you’re on the path to erode the rights of all. This is why a courageous and passionate human rights champion like the Honorable Michael Kirby was chosen to give this year’s Jonathan Mann Memorial Lecture.

Michael Kirby is well known to many, perhaps most – in this audience. Michael Kirby was born and educated in Sydney, Australia. He discovered he was gay as an adolescent. With that discovery came the recognition that the law was not always kind — or correct.

Michael Kirby came to believe that the rule of law,if it means merely enforcing the law, is not enough. The practice of law must always respect human well-being and human dignity.

He practiced law before his appointment as a judge in 1975. He rose through several courts to the High Court of Australia, from which he retired in 2009 as Australia’s longest serving judge.

Throughout his career, Justice Kirby has defended victims of unjust regimes, and promoted the cause of international law and human rights, a practice that won him the title of the “Great Dissenter” for not hesitating to differ with his legal colleagues.

He has been a strong opponent of the oppression and imprisonment of men and women due to sexual orientation or gender identity. He has played keys roles on UNAIDS, Lancet, UNDP, and other international commissions on HIV/AIDS, the law, and human rights, including the Commission on HIV and the Law, which Michel Sidibe mentioned.

His work has impacted human rights law and practice in countries around the globe.

In short, Michael Kirby has lived the principles that Jonathan Mann stood for: human rights, dignity for all, and the courage to speak out and take action to defend these principles.

On behalf of the Global Health Council and everyone in this hall whose lives are longer or freer because of his work, I am proud to introduce the Honorable Michael Kirby.

 

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Women, HIV, and NCDs: Tonight 18:30 in Plenary Room 3

Join the conversation on Twitter with #womenHIVNCDs.

[ MONDAY, JULY 21 | 18:30-20:30 in Plenary Room 3.]

Women, HIV/AIDS, and Non-Communicable Diseases: A Call to Action in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

MONDAY, JULY 21 | 18:30-20:30 in Plenary Room 3

Co-sponsored by MSH, The American Cancer Society, and Medtronic.
Join us to examine and discuss addressing HIV co-morbidities in AIDS and non-AIDS related events; the role of health systems in integrating non-communicable disease (NCD) care into HIV care models; lessons that can be leveraged and applied beyond 2015; and how primary health care models can be adapted in this context of an emerging global burden of chronic NCDs while ensuring sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and efficiency in lower and middle-income countries.
Refreshments will be served.

Moderator:

  • Dr. Jonathan Quick, President and CEO of Management Sciences for Health (@MSHHealthImpact)

Panelists:

  • Bob Chapman, Director of US Government and Multilateral Global Health Advocacy, American Cancer Society (@AmericanCancer)
  • Representative from FHI360 (@fhi360)
  • Sandy Thurman, Principal Deputy Coordinator for PEPFAR (@PEPFAR)
  • L’Orangelis Thomas Negron, HIV/AIDS Activist, Latin America Keynote Speaker
  • Jordan Jarvis, Executive Director, Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (@NCDAction)
  • Katie Reichert, Associate Project Director of Country Programs, Building Local Capacity Project, MSH South Africa

Watch videos: Stepping up the pace for women, HIV & AIDS, and NCDs

Jordan Jarvis, Executive Director, Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (@NCDAction)

Bob Chapman, Director of US Government and Multilateral Global Health Advocacy, American Cancer Society (@AmericanCancer)

Social media

Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #womenHIVNCDs.

Follow @MSHHealthImpact, @AmericanCancer, @PEPFAR, @NCDAction, @HIVShareSpace, @FHI360, @Medtronic.

 

Video: Step up the Pace for Women: Jordan Jarvis

Jordan Jarvis of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (@NCDAction), speaks about why we need to step up the pace for women, HIV & AIDS, and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). (Watch video.)

Join us Monday, July 21, 18:30-20:30, in plenary room 3.

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Women, HIV & AIDS, and NCDs: A Call to Action for Low- and Middle-Income Countries. (Not in Melbourne? Join the conversation online with hashtag #womenHIVNCDs.)

 

Video: Step Up the Pace for Women: Bob Chapman

Bob Chapman of the American Cancer Society talks about why we must step up the pace for women living with HIV and chronic diseases. (Watch video.)

Join us Monday, July 21, 18:30-20:30, in plenary room 3.

Related

Women, HIV & AIDS, and NCDs: A Call to Action for Low- and Middle-Income Countries. (Not in Melbourne? Join the conversation online with hashtag #womenHIVNCDs.)