Town Hall meeting on April 22 focuses on HIV/AIDS and globalization

An international panel is discussing the moral, political, economic and technological aspects of the epidemic | April 15, 2007

An international panel is discussing how the HIV/AIDS epidemic is one of the great moral, political, economic and technological challenges of the new globalization in a Town Hall meeting on Sunday, April 22, in the Schiff Family Conference Center.

The panel, which takes place 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., includes Dr. Paul Farmer, founding director of Partners in Health, Lisa Sowle Cahill, J. Donald Monan, a theology professor at Boston College, Yaw Adu Gyamfi, CEO of DanAdams Pharmaceuticals, and Kathryn Thompson, director of education for AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati.

An estimated 39.5 million people worldwide now live with AIDs, and the regions hardest hit include some of the poorest nations on earth, such as sub-Saharan Africa and Haiti. And even in developed countries, despite education and drug therapies, infection rates have not declined as hoped. But while overall trends are toward increases in the number of cases, there are also signs of hope, with declines in such countries as Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

How we respond to this challenge will provide a strong indicator of whether globalization ultimately benefits all of humankind or simply a select group of the wealthy and powerful.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information please call 513 745-3922.