Past Event

Taking a Stand: Challenges and Controversies in Reproductive Health, Maternal Mortality, and HIV/AIDS

June 8, 2006
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Roone Arledge Auditorium, Alfred Lerner Hall
A Symposium in Honor of Allan Rosenfield and His Four Decades of Bold Leadership in Public Health


This World Leaders Forum program addresses public health issues of profound global importance-issues directly related to the Millennium Development Goals. Dr. Allan Rosenfield, Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health, has pioneered innovative programs in reproductive health, maternal mortality and the treatment of HIV-infected women, men, and children. He has advanced the health and human rights of populations around the world. Presentations and discussions featured foremost public health and policy experts from major international health organizations, the United Nations, leading academic institutions, and distinguished faculty from the Mailman School of Public Health.



Welcome and Introduction

Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University

William Foege, Epidemiologist

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute and Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University

Session I: Responding to HIV/AIDS

Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard Law School (Moderator)

Seth F. Berkley, President and CEO, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

Wafaa El-Sadr, Director of the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs, Professor of Clinical Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Professor of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Geeta Rao Gupta, President of the International Center for Research on Women

Mark Harrington, Executive Director, Treatment Action Group

Jim Yong Kim, Chief, Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Anthropology, Harvard Medical School

Nafis Sadik,United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific; Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General; Former Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Session II: Reproductive Health and Reduction of Maternal Mortality

Cokie Roberts, ABC News Political Commentator and National Public Radio Senior News Analyst, Moderator

Lynn Freedman, Director of the Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program and of the Law and Policy Project, Associate Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Deborah Maine, Professor of International Health, School of Public Health, Boston University

Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director, UNFPA; United Nations Under-Secretary-General

Mary Robinson, President, Ethical Globalization Initiative; Former President of Ireland; Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Professor of Practice in the Department of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Frederick Sai, Presidential Advisor on Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS, Ghana; Former Senior Population Advisor, The World Bank

Steven W. Sinding, Director General, International Planned Parenthood Federation

Faye Wattleton, President, Center for the Advancement of Women, Former President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Closing Remarks

Stephen Lewis, United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa

William J. Clinton, Former President of the United States