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28.10.2019

Christine Goffinet contributes to the World Health Summit 2019 by speaking about the role of academic science in fighting against HIV-1/AIDS

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The World Health Summit is one of the most important international conferences for global health issues with more than 2,500 participants from 100 nations. Science, politics, the private sector and civil society come together here to discuss the challenges of global health: from climate change to antibiotic resistance and digitization.

Prof. Christine Goffinet, BIH Professor of Virology, discussed the topic "Securing Political Leadership for Global Health to Accelerate the Elimination of Communicable Diseases" with politicians and civil society.

“The existence of an excellent antiretroviral therapy against HIV-1/AIDS is a tremendous scientific achievement. However, it is unlikely that it will suffice to eradicate HIV-1/AIDS globally. A reinforcement of academic science is crucial in order to develop a protective vaccine and a cure”. She also stressed the need for interdisciplinary implementation science in order to translate clinical evidence and protective strategies more effectively to the real world. Finally, she advocated for a reinforcement of universities directly in affected countries, allowing a better implementation of research findings in the most affected and vulnerable populations. These goals can only be reached if global health-associated science obtains more dedicated support and recognition by funding agencies and politics.

Co-speakers were Ricardo Baptista Leite, Portuguese parliamentarian, Founder and president of UNITE; Gunilla Carlsson, executive director UNAIDS; Jaak Peeters, Head of Global Public Health, Johnson & Johnson; Esther Passaris, Kenian parliamentarian; and Alan Donelly, convener of G20 Health and Development Partnership Initiative.

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More information can be found on the World Health Summit 2019 website: https://www.worldhealthsummit.org

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