University is to host a major one-day conference examining the impact of AIDS and HIV in
the developing world - featuring an address from a renowned academic in the field -
Professor John Caldwell of the Australian National University.
The conference, HIV/AIDS and the Implications for Development: Current Position
and Future Trends in the Third World, takes place at the Universitys
TechnoCentre on Wednesday, 19 May. It is open to the public and is organised by Dr Hazel
Barrett of the Universitys African Studies Centre and Dr Dale Dominey-Howes of the
Coventry Centre for Disaster Management.
Those attending the conference will be welcomed by Professor Bob Pryce, the
Universitys Pro-Vice-Chancellor for research, and speakers will be present from the
UN and the World Health Organisation (WHO). John Gordon from the Health and Population
Section of the Governments Department for International Development (DFID) will also
speak on DFIDs policy and funding direction.
The keynote address, AIDS in Africa and Asia: The Social and Behavioural
Context, will be delivered by Professor John Caldwell of the Australian National
University. Professor Caldwell is a globally respected authority on AIDS in Africa and
Asia and is currently conducting research into AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa and Bangladesh.
Commenting on the conference Dr Barrett said:
"The idea for the conference arose out of research conducted by myself and a
colleague, Dr Angela Browne, on the impact of AIDS in Zambia. There is a real need to
bring together academics and policy makers to examine the future strategy for research and
policy in relation to the impact of AIDS.
"We are honoured to have Professor Caldwell as our keynote speaker, who is
acknowledged as one of the leading social scientists in the world working in the area of
AIDS and HIV. We very much hope that this conference can help push the issue of AIDS in
the Third World to the top of the agenda of policy makers in the developed world",
concludes Dr Barrett.