Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia at the “Health, Aging, Nutrition and Nursing” Conference in Oxford

HEAIDS Director Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia currently participates in the “Health, Aging, Nutrition and Nursing Conference” at Harris Manchester College in Oxford, England where he presented his paper entitled “BRICS (Brazil Russia India China South Africa) impact towards Global Health response. An overview of the Health governance structures within each BRICS nations towards collective response to HIV/AIDS and its health determinants.”

The paper explores the expanding influence of the BRICS on the global HIV/AIDS pandemic and its health determinants. WHO, WTO & UN are reforming policies assisting middle income and low income countries. Global funding through western powers on Health innovation is declining considerably, especially around the global recession and its time that BRICS contribute its resources to generate Health Innovation which will be the answer to most of our common health problems. However, as per latest UNAIDS report BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) increased domestic public spending on HIV by more than 120% between 2006 and 2011. BRICS countries now fund, on average, more than 75% of their domestic AIDS responses.

While not all the BRICS have robust HIV/AIDS programme, all have made advances and implemented innovative programs as they work to address their own HIV/AIDS challenges. Beyond providing assistance, Dr Ramneek Ahulwalia’s paper also documents how public and private sector innovators in the BRICS countries are producing high-quality, low-costs health technologies that have revolutionized ARVs and other health access among poor populations. These types of examples are providing unique models of success that are influencing HIV/AIDS efforts in governance structures of their developing countries. Beyond providing assistance, the paper also documents how public and private sector innovators in the BRICS countries are producing high-quality, low-costs health technologies that have revolutionized ARVs and other health access among poor populations.

Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia successfully presented his paper on Wednesday, 7 August. The Director of HEAIDS serves as a health expert on the South African Delegation for BRICS Academic forum. It is the first time that the HEAIDS programme is represented at the renowned conference in Oxford.

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