Public Lectures and Seminars

“The Big 4 (HIV, TB, Malaria & NTD): where are we now?”

This seminar looks at the current debate on integrating NTD control with the worldwide efforts to tackle the BIG THREE especially in the post-2015 health development agenda.

Achieving success in the global fight against the “BIG THREE” diseases – HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, which together account for 5.6 million deaths a year requires a concurrent attack on the world’s most Neglected Tropical Diseases. Initiatives for tackling the BIG THREE would be far more effective if they also included control of the neglected tropical diseases as evidence indicates that co-infection with one or more neglected tropical disease may profoundly affect the outcome of one or more of the BIG THREE.

There is also emerging evidence that people infected with the neglected tropical diseases are more susceptible to becoming infected with the BIG THREE. The neglected tropical diseases, must now join the BIG THREE to create a 21st century 'BIG FOUR', as the public health community has been tackling each of these diseases in isolation for far too long. This seminar looks at the current debate on integrating NTD control with the worldwide efforts to tackle the BIG THREE especially in the post-2015 health development agenda.

BIOGRAPHY A nurse by profession with an MPH and M.A. in Public Policy, Colette Cunningham has a vast and varied experience in Global Public Health, HIV/AIDS, and in adult and children’s palliative care (both nationally and internationally). She has worked extensively in global health with hands-on experience from 14 African countries where she has lived and worked collaborating with Ministries of Health for health system strengthening and capacity building. Her work with International NGOs and civil society spans over 20 years, dedicating her work to the promotion of poverty eradication, health for all, the Big Three (HIV/TB & Malaria) as well as maternal and child health. In addition, she is a strong advocate for the reduction of stigma for PLHIV and health equity and education for women and the girl child. She has also worked in public health HIV initiatives in Haiti, Armenia, Serbia and India. Following the Haitian earthquake in 2010, she coordinated vital public health efforts with UN bodies and WHO. Since August 2010, she has worked in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCC, responsible for Global Health and Development.



Category: Public Lectures and Seminars:
Date:
Time: 1-2pm
Location: Boole Library Seminar Room
Target Audience: All Welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Colette Cunningham
021 490 3810
http://www.ucc.ie/cgd/

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