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Global Health and Human Security

Seminar to Launch Japanese Edition of Peter Piot’s “No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses”
April 17, 2015

COVER+OBI-1The recent Ebola outbreak and the ongoing AIDS epidemic are much more than mere medical challenges—they are economic challenges, challenges of poverty and inequality, and challenges to people’s way of life and dignity. What can Japan do to deal with these and other challenges we face in our society and around the world?

On April 17, Peter Piot, currently the director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, whose memoir No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses was recently published in Japanese, spoke in Tokyo about his experience at the front lines of the fight against communicable diseases. As a young researcher in his 20s, Dr. Piot was part of a team that discovered the Ebola virus in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo). After that encounter, he dedicated himself to treating communicable diseases in Africa at a time when AIDS first started appearing on the scene, and went on to become the founding executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) when it was launched in 1996.

Speaking as a scientist, as a doctor, as the head of an international agency, and as an activist who understands the needs of communities around the world, Dr. Piot shared his thoughts on the importance of collaboration beyond borders, nationalities, political beliefs, and interests; the necessity of cross-sectoral and cross-organizational cooperation in combating global crises such as Ebola and AIDS; and the implications that the battle against infectious disease has for other domestic and global challenges.

Information

Date/Time: April 17, 2015 18:30~20:00 (followed by a reception)
Location: Keio University, Mita Campus, North Hall (Map)
Organizer: Japan Center for International Exchange/Friends of the Global Fund, Japan
Co-organizer: Keio University Department of Philosophy and Ethics
Collaborators: Japan AIDS & Society Association, Global Health Innovative Technology Fund, Keio University Press
Language: English/Japanese (simultaneous interpretation)


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Program

Introductory Remarks

Kiyoshi Kurokawa, Visiting Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS); Chair of the Board & Representative Director, Global Health Innovative Technology (GHIT) Fund; Representative Director, Health and Global Policy Institute

Discussion: Author's Reflections

Peter Piot, Director, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; former Executive Director, UNAIDS
Miki Ebara, Editor-in-Chief, NEWSLINE, NHK WORLD

Dialogue with Young Leaders: What the Next Generation of Leaders Can Take From No Time to Lose

Peter Piot
Takuma Kato, PediatricianSaku Central Hospital
Yosuke Takaku, Representative Director, Japanese Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS
Yuka Iwatsuki, President, Action against Child Exploitation (ACE)
Moderator: Satoko Itoh, Managing Director and Chief Program Officer, JCIE

Closing Remarks

Akio Okawara, President and CEO, JCIE

Reception