News / Global health symposium: Towards zero new infections

AIGHD, the Amsterdam UMC and Health[e]Foundation are hosting a global health symposium focused on eliminating tuberculosis (TB), HIV and malaria transmission.

HIV, TB and malaria continue to be significant causes of ill health, despite global efforts to increase access to diagnosis, prevention and treatment for affected communities. In fact, hundreds of millions of new infections are reported each year for these three diseases alone. Since the start of the epidemic, more than 35 million people around have died from HIV. TB continues to be the world’s deadliest infectious disease and malaria was responsible for 435,000 deaths in 2017.

While there have been significant gains towards realizing the ultimate goal of zero new infections, more work needs to be done. There is a substantial global push to eliminate these diseases as public health problems, prompted by the increased availability of diagnostics and effective curative and preventive treatment.

There are various challenges to this endeavor, including acceptability of prevention and treatment, economic constraints for patients and health systems, and issues with adherence to therapy, to poor roll out, and performance of diagnostic tests.

Symposium presenters will provide key insights into new research and development as well as innovative prevention and care approaches both in Amsterdam and globally to realizing no new infections.

Program:

15:00 – 15:30 Registration near Lecture hall 4

15:30 – 16:00 Pedro Alonso Fernandez, Director of Global Malaria Program, WHO

16:00 – 16:30 Mario Raviglione, Professor of Global Health, University of Milan and previous Director of Global TB Program, WHO

16:30 – 16:45 Godelieve de Bree, Internist (Amsterdam UMC) and Scientific Coordinator, H-TEAM project

16:45 – 17:00 Robert Pool, Professor of Anthropology, UvA

17:00 – 17:30 Panel Discussion