Commentary & Opinion
IAS "Committed to Improving" AIDS Conferences, Opinion Piece Says
October 30, 2006
Although the International AIDS Society "commends" Lancet editor Richard Horton for his "provocative" opinion piece regarding the XVI International AIDS Conference, which was held in Toronto in August, some of his statements "merit a response from the IAS as lead organizer of these meetings," IAS President Pedro Cahn and IAS Executive Director Craig McClure write in a Lancet opinion piece (Cahn/McClure, Lancet, 10/28). In his opinion piece, Horton wrote that the "opportunity to produce a roadmap to reach the 2010 target of universal access" to antiretroviral drugs was "squandered," adding, "Rarely has there been a meeting that felt so disengaged from a global predicament of such historic proportions." According to Horton, the agenda at the conference was "unfocused, giving prime air time to celebrities" -- such as President Clinton and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-founder Bill Gates -- "while largely ignoring Africa" (Horton, Lancet, 8/26).
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