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August 1st, 2007

AIDS and Influenza Devastating, but Also Agents for Social Change, Experts Say

FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR News

Somewhere, someone has the flu. Dr. David Heymann, assistant director-general for communicable diseases at the World Health Organization (WHO), is talking to the Stanford community about infectious diseases and public health security, and his discussion invariably comes back to just that--influenza, or "the flu." The Global Influenza Programme at WHO is one of the organization's most developed, and with good reason: There are 3 to 5 million cases of severe influenza around the world each year, resulting in 250,000 to 500,000 deaths. What Heymann and the WHO influenza surveillance network are on the lookout for are new strains like H5N1 (avian influenza) and seasonal outbreaks in areas not equipped to manage them. Read more »



May 9th, 2007

Piot speaks on HIV/AIDS epidemic

CHP/PCOR, FSI Stanford News

On Wednesday May 9, 2007, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies welcomed Dr. Peter Piot as the third Payne Distinguished Lecturer for the academic year. With opening remarks and an introduction by CHP/PCOR director and core faculty member Alan M. Garber, Piot addressed the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, describing it as "one of the global make-or-break issues of our time." Executive director of UNAIDS and under secretary-general of the United Nations, Piot is a highly respected activist and international authority on HIV/AIDS who has authored 16 books and more than 500 scientific articles on the topic. +AUDIO+ Audio transcript available
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