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LSE professor quoted in ESRC article on HIV/AIDS

LSE Professor Tony Barnett| is featured prominently in an ESRC article entitled: 'HIV/AIDS - pulling up the drawbridge won't work'.

The article discusses a report by Crusaid and the National AIDS Trust, published to mark World AIDS Day on 1 December, and says that rising numbers of people with HIV are living in extreme poverty in the UK. In the article, Tony Barnett, a professor in the Development Studies Institute and director of LSEAIDS, emphasised that HIV/AIDS is a global problem that calls for a global response.

'We can no longer apply the medieval model to disease, pulling up the drawbridge and hoping the afflicted will stay out of the city,' he said. Professor Barnett went on to say that epidemic diseases have always been global events, but now they spread more quickly and change their forms more rapidly. 'If we are to engage with these threats then we have to think very carefully, realistically and innovatively about how we are to govern communicable diseases on an international scale. This poses major political and diplomatic challenges - on the same scale as those presented by global climate change.'

Professor Barnett is currently working on an ESRC funded three-year project on the social and economic impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. He will participate in an event at LSE on Governing Disease: lessons from the HIV/AIDS epidemic| with Professor Alan Whiteside, director of the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa on Tuesday 5 December 2006 at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE.

At the lecture, Professor Barnett will tell his audience that global infectious disease epidemics, like HIV/AIDS are above all social events which pose enormous challenges to governments.

Press can contact Professor Barnett on email a.s.barnett@lse.ac.uk| or tel: 020 7107 5290.

4 December 2006