Tuesday 17 April 2018, 12:30 - 14:00

The struggle for access to HIV treatment: a case study in global health politics


International Negotiation and Policy-Making

This webinar will explore some of the leadership challenges raised by a defining issue in global health: that of the long struggle for access to expensive, lifesaving antiretroviral drugs in the global South.

Conceptual tools will be offered to understand the challenges that lie at the intersection of international and local civil society, science & technology, and global capitalism.



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  • Vinh-Kim Nguyen is Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, the Graduate Institute, Geneva, an HIV and Emergency physician and medical anthropologist. As both practitioner and researcher, he is concerned with the relationship between science, politics and practice in global health. Since 1994 he has worked extensively with community organisations responding to the HIV epidemic in West Africa as a trainer and physician. He is the author of "The Republic of Therapy: Triage and Sovereignty in West Africa's Time of AIDS", coauthor, with Margaret Lock, of "An Anthropology of Biomedicine" and co-editor, with Jennifer Klot, of "The Fourth Wave: Violence, Gender, Culture, and HIV in the 21st Century".

International Negotiation and Policy-Making - Executive Master (INP)