Professor Luc Montagnier, co-discoverer of the HIV/AIDS virus, is to address a Middle East summit on Diseases of New World Economies, to be held in Dubai, in January.
The world-renowned researcher will join more than 40 medical experts from the US, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australasia, who will focus on critical health issues and the latest advances in patient care, at the International Arab Health Congress - the Middle East’s largest series of healthcare conferences.
Professor Montagnier, who has devoted his professional life to finding protective and theraputic AIDS vaccines, will outline the prospects for controlling the worldwide AIDS epidemic. He will also call on developed nations to continue efforts to find a cure for a disease that kills ten times more people in Africa than armed conflicts.
More than five million people worldwide will have contracted the AIDS virus in 2002, bringing the total number of those infected to 42 million, up two million from a year ago. About 70 percent of the cases are in hard-hit sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new UN report on the extent of the global epidemic. — (menareport.com)
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