Can Nigeria End Its AIDS Pandemic? Events highlight Northwestern research initiative taking aim at global HIV crisis

May 20, 2010. An estimated 3 million people live with the AIDS virus in Nigeria, making it second only to South Africa as home to the most HIV-infected persons in the world. Two free, public events at Northwestern University -- on Monday, May 24, and Tuesday, May 25 -- will discuss the findings of a Northwestern research initiative that addresses Nigeria's HIV crisis and steps Nigeria should take to reverse its failing war against AIDS. 

At the May 24 forum, titled "Can Nigeria End Its AIDS Pandemic? The Design of Knowledge-Based Prevention Strategies," Northwestern Professor Richard Joseph will join a prominent public health epidemiologist and four Nigerian research colleagues to discuss the pioneering research they have conducted on HIV/AIDS in Nigeria as part of the Northwestern initiative known as REACH. The event runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Hardin Hall, 633 Clark Street, Evanston. 

The May 25 event, titled "American-Nigerian Research Collaboration: Lessons Learned," takes place from noon to 2 p.m. at the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies, 1902 Sheridan Road, Evanston. It will focus on how REACH -- an acronym for the University's Research Alliance to Combat HIV/AIDS -- overcame obstacles to generate rigorous data on sensitive issues. Read on...

Source: Northwestern NewsCenter