December 3, 2008
By ANITA B. HOFSCHNEIDER
The Harvard Crimson
The international community’s multilateral approach has slowed the fight against the AIDS epidemic, said Stephen H. Lewis, co-director of AIDS-Free World, an international advocacy organization, last night.
In addition, he said, the failure to address sexual violence against women adequately has hastened the spread of HIV.
The talk was hosted by the Harvard Global Health and AIDS Coalition and the Anthropology 1825 Speaker Series in connection with World AIDS Day.
“I’ve always believed in multilateralism,” said Lewis, who is also a former United Nations special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa and deputy director of UNICEF. “But some dreadful things have been done through the negligence and inertia of the multilateral system.”
He cited the World Health Organization’s 3 by 5 Initiative, which many countries criticized, as an example of an intervention that brought out the “damnably rivalrous” nature of international assemblies.
For more information on Tides Center project AIDS-Free World, see www.aids-freeworld.org.