amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING: AIDS in Asia: Film Screening and Panel Discussion Featuring Academy Award-winning Film The Blood of the Yingzhou District


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When: July 16, 2008

Where: The U.S. Capitol Building 
amfAR convened a Capitol Hill AIDS 20/20 Emerging Issues briefing on “AIDS in Asia” featuring the Academy-Award winning film The Blood of the Yingzhou District which focused on the lives of children in the remote villages of Anhui providence, China, who have lost their parents to AIDS. The panelists discussed the stigma that exists, the scope of the epidemic in Asia, high risk groups and initiatives underway to fight the disease including amfAR’s TREAT Asia Program, and progress in the fight against the disease.

• Susan Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A.
Senior Policy and Medical Advisor, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women’s Health, Former Assistant Surgeon General of the United States

• Kevin Robert Frost
Chief Executive Officer, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research
amfAR’s TREAT Asia Program 

• Tom Lennon
Producer, Blood of the Yingzhou District and new film Tongzhi in Love, Co-founder, China AIDS Media Project

• Shenghan Lai, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

• Caroline Ryan, M.D., M.P.H.
Director of Program Services, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, PEPFAR, U.S. State Department

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