Talk: HIV Testing and Counselling in Africa: Evidence, Ethics, and Research

Event Details

April 23, 2014
2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Machmer Hall

Room: E33

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Lisa Troy

Carla Makhlouf Obermeyer is a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Director of the Center for Research on Population and Health at the American University of Beirut (AUB).

Until she joined AUB in 2011, Prof. Obermeyer was a Scientist in the Department of HIV/AIDS of the World Health Organization, and prior to that, she was a faculty member in the Department of Population and International Health at Harvard School of Public Health. Prof. Obermeyer’s research deals with issues at the intersection of epidemiology, demography, and medical anthropology. She has led the DAMeS (Decisions At Menopause Study), an NIH-funded project, which compared health at mid-life among women in Massachusetts, Spain, Lebanon and Morocco, at a time when the use of hormone therapy was hotly debated. At the World Health Organization, she managed a program of collaborative research on HIV in subSaharan Africa and initiated the MATCH (Multi-country African Testing and Counselling for HIV) study, also with support from NIH, to investigate the scale-up of HIV testing and counselling against the background of controversies about the ethics of routine testing.

Prof. Obermeyer has published over 100 articles and four books on a number of international health topics, including HIV prevention and treatment, safe motherhood, reproductive health, client perspectives on health services, therapeutic decisions, medication use, gender and aging, population policies, female genital cutting, the ethics of research, as well as the human rights dimensions of HIV policies and programs.

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Please direct questions to Lisa M. Troy,