Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr will deliver this year’s James C. Hill Memorial Lecture, titled “The Global Response to the HIV Epidemic: Lessons Learned, Lasting Legacy,” on Thursday, Apr. 11, at 2 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. She will discuss how the tactics successfully used to address the global HIV pandemic could be applied to non-communicable chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
El-Sadr is director and founder of the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where she is also director of the Global Health Initiative and a professor of epidemiology and medicine.
Through ICAP, El-Sadr has worked with ministries of health, non-government organizations, academic institutions and community groups to strengthen the ability of health care systems to address HIV and related conditions by linking research, education, training and clinical practice. ICAP provides care to more than 1 million individuals in sub-Saharan Africa and lifesaving antiretroviral access to more than 800,000 people. In addition to her work with ICAP, El-Sadr is principal investigator for the NIH-funded HIV Prevention Trials Network.
El-Sadr will address how multifaceted efforts to address HIV—such as creating multidisciplinary health care teams, offering family-focused care, developing support systems to ensure patients take their medications and engaging with the larger community to reduce stigma and raise support for health services—offer a framework for successfully addressing chronic diseases.
The lecture is dedicated to former NIAID deputy director Hill, who helped build the institute’s HIV/AIDS research program during the early years of the epidemic and was instrumental in educating the public and government officials on the emerging threat of AIDS.