Global Dimensions of the HIV/AIDS Pandemic

How is the world responding to this serious health crisis? Panelists will discuss responses and share experiences from Latin America, The Caribbean, Africa and Eastern Europe. Special keynote by Stephen Lewis, Former UN Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Friday, May 18, 2007
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Salon A, Covel Commons
De Neve and Charles E. Young Drive
Enter UCLA campus from Sunset Blvd. at Westwood
Los Angeles, CA 90095

This public forum will explore the path of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Eastern Europe.

Since the first report of the virus, more than 65 million persons have been infected with HIV, and more than 25 million have died of AIDS. Worldwide, more than 40% of new infections among adults are in young people 15 to 24 years of age. Today, AIDS is the leading cause of premature death among people 15 to 59 years of age. In the hardest-hit countries, the foundations of society, governance, and national security are eroding, stretching safety nets to the breaking point, with social and economic repercussions that will span generations.


  • Debrework Zewdie – Director, Global HIV/AIDS Program, The World Bank
  • Keith Hansen – Sector Manager, Nutrition & Population Latin America and the Caribbean, The World Bank
  • Paula Tavrow – Director, Bixby Program, UCLA School of Public Health
  • Adriana Baban – Professor, Babes-Bolyai University – Romania
  • Evelyn Gonzalez-Figueroa – Manager, Program Development-Latin America AIDS Project Los Angeles


  • Stephen Lewis, Former UN Special Envoy
    Stephen Lewis’ work with the United Nations spans more than two decades. He was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. Mr. Lewis was also Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF and Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations. He is a Senior Advisor to the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York. Mr. Lewis serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), and is the chair of the board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Stephen Lewis is scheduled to present during the afternoon session, which begins at 12:45 PM (at the conclusion of lunch).  He will speak right after Debrework Zewdie of The World Bank.

Parking is available for $8 -- go to parking kiosk at parking structure # 4 -- enter campus from Sunset at Westwood Blvd. to purchase parking pass and get campus map/directions to closest parking at Sunset Village

The event venue is located on the northwest section of the campus - visit
for info, transportation options to UCLA, etc.

Schedule (subject to change):
 9:30 AM - Light breakfast - muffins, bagels, Danish pastries, coffee, tea, juice

 9:45 AM - Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:00 AM - 2 PM -- Impact of HIV/AIDS on Central/South America/the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, & Africa Panel Presentations

  • Central America
    Evelyn Gonzalez-Figueroa, Manager
    Program Development– Latin America, AIDS Project Los Angeles
  • Eastern Europe & the Caucasus
    Adriana Baban, Professor
    Babes-Bolyai University-Romania, UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies
  • Africa
    Paula Tavrow, Director
    Bixby Program, UCLA School of Public Health
  • South America & the Caribbean
    Keith Hansen, Sector Manager
    Health Nutrition & Population Latin America & The Caribbean, The World Bank

12 PM -- Lunch (on the terrace)

12:45 PM  --  Global Outlook Presentations

Moderator:  Allen Roberts, Director, UCLA African Studies Center

  • Debrework Zewdie, Director
    Global HIV/AIDS Program, The World Bank
  • Stephen Lewis
    Former UN Envoy

Discussion/Question and Answer Session

Special Instructions

RSVP not required. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Cost : Free and open to the public; parking is available for $8.

For more information please contant:

AfricanStudies Center

Tel: 310-825-3686

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Center for European and Eurasian Studies, Latin American Institute, UCLA International Institute, UCLA/Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center, UCLA Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.