Institute of Medicine advisory: April 19 public briefing on HIV/AIDS crisis abroad

04/13/05

Nearly 40 million people worldwide are infected with HIV, and 95 percent of them live in resource-poor countries. Preventing and treating HIV/AIDS in these nations will require unprecedented health systems and human resources to deliver medication and oversee patients long term. HEALERS ABROAD: AMERICANS RESPONDING TO THE HUMAN RESOURCE CRISIS IN HIV/AIDS, new from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, offers the federal government a plan to mobilize U.S. health professionals and other experts who can train and work alongside their counterparts in developing countries to tackle the pandemic.

The report will be released at a one-hour public briefing beginning at 1 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 19, in Room 105 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W., Washington, D.C.

Advance copies of the report will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT on Monday, April 18. THE REPORT IS EMBARGOED AND NOT FOR PUBLIC RELEASE BEFORE 1 P.M. EDT ON APRIL 19.

Reporters may obtain copies or register to attend by contacting the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu.

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