A Symposium on Maternal and Child Mortality and AIDS in Africa, Nov.18

November 13, 2013

africaThe Bloustein School, the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA), the School of Social Work, and the Center for African Studies are pleased to present “A Symposium on Maternal and Child Mortality and AIDS in Africa” on Monday, November 18. The event will be held at the Bloustein School’s Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

A growing body of evidence suggests that AIDS is a major cause of pregnancy-related death in populations where HIV rates are high. Although accurate data in Africa are limited, it appears that the AIDS epidemic in HIV-endemic countries like Malawi, Zimbabwe, and South Africa has largely reversed previous gains in reducing maternal mortality. This symposium will explore avenues by which HIV and AIDS are associated with maternal and child mortality, broadening the discussion of women’s health to include the inter-related issues of gender and development.

Speakers will include Eileen Stillwaggon, Professor of Economics, Gettysburg College; Stella Nyanzi, Research Fellow, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda; Francis Barchi, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work; Tefera Gezmu, Lecturer, Bloustein School; and Suzanne Willard, Clinical Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Newark. Professor Meredeth Turshen from the Bloustein School, will moderate the event.

The event is free and open to the public. Abstracts for each panelist may be found online.

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