21st November 2007


Light lectures on the politics of disease eradication


More than 10 million infants and children living in the world’s poorest countries die each year from various diseases. World-renowned Bioethics expert Professor Donald Light, visiting from the US, will talk at the University of Lincoln about what Gordon Brown and the G8 are doing to eradicate diseases in the poorest parts of the world.


Professor Light will give a talk entitled ‘Eradicating diseases of the poor: Moral choices for Brown and the G8’ at the University of Lincoln on Tuesday 27 November at 12 noon.


Donald Light is Professor of Comparative Health Care Policy at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and a Founding Fellow of the Centre of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. In the UK he has worked extensively with the NHS at national, regional and local levels.


As the gap between rich and poor widens the crisis becomes increasingly difficult to resolve. Professor Light will talk about how the G8 has been given $1.5 billion from the UK, several other nations and the Gates Foundation to lift the burden of infectious diseases from the families and economies of poor nations.


Professor Light will discuss how these donations, in his view, risk being used in a way that minimises the number of infants that will be immunised. He will discuss this, along with alternative options and the moral choices that they pose for Brown and the G8.


The talk is hosted by the Lincoln Academy in association with the University of Lincoln’s Policy Studies Research Centre.


Everyone is welcome to attend the talk; to book a place please email events@lincoln.ac.uk to register.


The talk will take place at 12 noon in the University’s Architecture Building, room AR0107.



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