1st Forum - Social Triage: Gender and the Response to HIV in Africa

© UNESCO/Vinh-Kim Nguyen

The first UNESCO Forum on Gender Equality, held on 4 October 2007, was a public discussion with Professor Vinh-Kim Nguyen titled “Social Triage: Gender and the Response to HIV in Africa.” It took place within the framework of an Expert Group Meeting organised on 4 and 5 October in UNESCO Headquarters, with a view to contributing to a volume entitled “The Fourth Wave: Gender, Culture and HIV in the 21st Century,” to be published jointly by the Social Science Research Council and UNESCO.

Professor Nguyen is an associate professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Montreal; as an HIV physician and medical anthropologist, his research concerns the biosocial dynamics of HIV epidemics and their broader political consequences. The discussion looked at the ways in which gender inequalities drive the transmission of HIV, the role that culture plays in these dynamics, and the ways in which policy makers can better address the gender equality dimensions of the pandemic. Professor Nguyen referred to fieldwork he has conducted both as an anthropologist and physician with community-based organizations in francophone West Africa.

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