Public Lecture: Combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases

Today I received a notice of this public lecture, happening at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh.

Combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases

You are warmly invited to a public lecture by Dr Liz Grant on Combating HIV / AIDS, Malaria and other diseases. This is part of the ongoing series of events on the Millennium Development Goals. This will take place on Thursday 13 January 2011 at 5.30pm in the Martin Hall, New College. All are welcome.

Only two of the Millennium Development Goals use the language of war. Goal 1 to eradicate poverty and Goal 6 to combat disease. In this lecture Dr Grant will interrogate the use of this language, exploring the ways in which diseases create cycles of economic, social, and emotional poverty. She will also consider the role that faith communities play in tackling both the consequences and causes of these diseases.


Dr Liz Grant is a Senior Lecturer in Global Health and Development, in the University of Edinburgh’s Global Health Academy and leads the international palliative care research strand in the Primary Palliative Care Research programme in the Centre for Population Health Sciences.

She is currently bringing forward new Distance Learning Masters programmes on the Global Burden of Chronic (Non Communicable Diseases)  specifically aimed at supporting health personnel in low income countries engage with the dynamics of the chronic disease burden  while remaining in situ and in their working environments. Her research interests are in international palliative care, health workforce in low income countries, HIV care and rehabilitation, and the interactions between religious beliefs and health systems.

Dr Grant works part time for NHS Lothian coordinating NHS Lothian’s partnership with Zambia, and has carried out a number of consultancies in Sub Saharan Africa in the field of HIV/AIDS, cancer and palliative care.  She sits on the Scottish board of CBM and HIV Scotland.  Previously Dr Grant was the Health Advisor to the Scottish Government’s International Development team.  She worked in Kenya for a number of years as a Community Health Advisor at Chogoria Hospital with responsibility for young people’s sexual health and for palliative care services.  Her PhD studies (at the CSCNWW, New College) were based in Sierra Leone and explored the interconnection between traditional beliefs and Christianity.


More on the series:

In 2000, 189 countries signed the UN Millennium Declaration, a historic commitment to pursue the eradication of poverty, and set eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which required progress in specific areas by 2015.

To help investigate progress towards the goals the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh, the Centre for International Development at Glasgow University and Christian Aid Scotland have organised a series of eight public events in late 2010 and early 2011. This is the fifth event in the series entitled: The Millennium Development Goals: So Near and Yet So Far.


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Scholar of religion/nonreligion... PhD Student (Lancaster University), blogger, singer, actor, thinker... Northern Irish living in Scotland. Co-founder of The Religious Studies Project. Director at the NSRN. Baritone masquerading as a tenor. Vegetarian for no particular reason.

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