On Tuesday 7th May, the Youth Stop AIDS Society are holding a free public lecture event discussing the inequalities in access to treatment for HIV and AIDS. The ‘Should Wealth = Health?’ event features two guest speakers and a short panel question and answer session, as well as refreshments and fundraising games. The event will take place in Lecture Theatre 3, Herschel Building from 5.30-7.30pm and is open to staff, students and general members of the public.
Youth Stop AIDS is a youth-led organisational movement campaigning for a world without AIDS, through direct action, lobbying and spreading the messages through local, regional and national events. Their goal is to see an end to AIDS by 2030, with their current main campaign, the People’s Prescription Campaign, aimed at re-defining health innovation to deliver public value and affordable healthcare for all people affected by HIV and AIDS. The event offers the opportunity to find out more about this campaign and the work that the organisation does, as the Newcastle University society is new but steadily growing. Nadege Uwamahoro, President and founder of Newcastle’s Youth Stop AIDS Society said: “The event addresses one of the key issues that YSA campaigns for, namely continued innovation and equitable access to medicines both of which are undermined by the current profit-driven system of research and development of new drugs.” The society hopes to raise awareness about the impact that lack of access to affordable, high quality medicine can have on people living with HIV and AIDS, in countries ranging from low income global south to wealthier countries like the UK.
The event will begin with a short presentation introducing the People’s Prescription Campaign and what Youth Stop AIDS’s purpose is, led by the Youth Stop AIDS committee. Channan Warmington will follow this with her talk titled ‘Growing up with HIV and the gaps in paediatric HIV treatment’. Channan is an 18-year-old HIV activist, vlogger and entrepreneur who raises awareness about being born with HIV and the difficulties of experiencing health complications due to this. After Channan shares her story, Dr Karl Claxton will discuss the impact of overpriced treatments on public health. Dr Claxton, a health economist at York University has contributed significant work on the cost-effectiveness of medicines, challenging pharmaceutical companies overpriced products. These informative talks will be followed by a panel to close the evening, where attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about the campaign, living with HIV and the realities of profit-driven pharmacy on public health. Panellists include Dr Karl Claxton, Channan Warmington and Carla Home, a member of the national Youth Stop Aids steering committee.
The event is free, with refreshments provided. Register for a free ticket at Eventbrite to secure your seat, with last minute attendees welcome to attend on the day without registering.