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AIDS, Global Health, and Brazil: the End of Exceptionality

When: Friday, November 3, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: University Hall, Hagstrum Room, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Lauren Carr  

Group: Global Health Studies

Category: Global & Civic Engagement


This presentation will discuss how AIDS was framed as an "exceptional" disease during the period 1990 to 2010. Special attention will be paid to the vicissitudes of Global Health institutions like the World Bank, UNAIDS and the World Health Organization, the boom-and-bust cycle of the anti-AIDS program in Brazil that promoted antiretrovirals as public goods. This presentation will also discuss confronting intellectual property laws supported by the World Trade Organization and private pharmaceutical properties-- and the changing collaboration between health activists, health workers and officers from the Ministry of Health.

Dr. Cueto is editor of the journal História, Ciências, Saúde-Manguinhos published by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, President, Division of History of Science and Technology of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUPHST/DHST) for the period 2021-2025. He is also the Tinker Visiting Professor for the University of Chicago Fall Quarter 2023.

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