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Global Economic Crisis and the HIV Response: A Potentially Devastating Impact

As part of UCLA Center for International Business Education Research's Key Regions/Critical Issues Lecture Series, Dr. Debrework Zewdie, Director of Global HIV/AIDS Program World Bank will discuss the global economic Crisis and the HIV response.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
UCLA School of Management
Anderson School Complex
Gold Hall B-313
Los Angeles, CA 90095

For the last few years, much of the debate on the HIV/AIDS response has focused on the need to scale up national responses and mobilize strong international commitment to that effort. The collapse of financial markets and the ensuing world economic crisis are threatening to reverse these gains. Current estimates suggest that the crisis would push some 43 million people in poverty and severely affect some 40 percent of developing economies. But these effects are likely to be greatly magnified by the impact of the crisis on the HIV epidemic, especially in the high HIV prevalence countries. How real is the risk? What are the possible consequences? What can be done to avoid it?

Dr. Debrework Zewdie has spent the last 20 years fighting HIV/AIDS as a scientist, strategist, manager, advocate and activist. Her dedication and leadership have helped transform the response to the epidemic at the international, regional, national and community levels. Dr. Zewdie is currently Director of the World Bank’s Global HIV/AIDS Program, where she provides overall strategic and technical leadership to the Bank’s AIDS efforts. She serves as the Bank’s UNAIDS Global Coordinator and represents the institution as a member of the UNAIDS Program Coordinating Board, contributing to the development and implementation of global HIV policies and strategies. Dr. Zewdie will speak to the effects of our current global economic crisis on HIV AIDS.

by April 10, 2009


Tuesday, April 14, 2009
3:00 p.m.- Lecture
UCLA School of Management
Gold Hall B-313


4:30 p.m.- Cocktail Reception
UCLA Fowler Museum
Fowler Museum Courtyard

RSVP to by April 10, 2009

Cost : Free and open to the public


Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, UCLA Anderson School of Management

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