December 19th, 2013
Editor’s note: Dr. Paul Stoffels recently participated in the G8 Dementia Summit in London as the only industry speaker. He joined UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) among many others to discuss and develop a coordinated global action on dementia, one of the biggest health challenges in the coming decades. Dr. Stoffels shares his thoughts about the conference in this blog post.
Thirty years ago, the world faced the global crisis of HIV/AIDS. It was a complex disease that was little understood, spreading, and claiming the lives of people all over the world. At the time, there were no AIDS specific treatments; an HIV diagnosis meant death within 2 years. The first World AIDS Day was held in 1988 to identify solutions for working together to make a significant impact on the disease in part through research and the development of new treatments. Later, in 2002, the G8 came together to coordinate resources and efforts to improve access to new medicines through the development of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.