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September 2010
Global ID
Film Screening, Panel Highlight Integrating Health Systems

Earlier this month, the Center for Global Health Policy joined the Global Health Council and other organizations to host an event looking at integrating health systems and how to achieve the sixth United Nations Millennium Development Goal: to have halted and to begin to reverse the incidence of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other major diseases, including tuberculosis (TB), by 2015.

The event featured a screening of a 20-minute excerpt of “The Test,” a new film that demonstrates the principles of the Global Health Initiative at work on the ground, including how HIV testing is integrated with the prevention of other infectious diseases and the overall impact on a community and household.  (Check out the Center’s blog  for more information about the film, including a link to the film’s trailer.) A panel discussion among health experts followed, focusing on how best to integrate health programs while also ensuring sustainability and local buy-in.

IDSA/HIVMA member David Hoos, MD, MPH, of Columbia University’s International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP), one of the largest implementers of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), spoke on the panel, along with Elkanah Odembo, Kenyan Ambassador to the U.S.; Jean Roy, formerly with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the International Red Cross; and Paul Jensen of the ACTION Project. The Center’s Christine Lubinski, IDSA’s vice president for global health, moderated the panel discussion.

Visit the Center’s Science Speaks blog to read more coverage of the event. 
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