[WATCH] writer, activist, & AIDS journalist discusses her new book about how activists won life-saving HIV/AIDS treatment for 26 million people
Author Emily Bass and Dr. Joia Mukherjee from Partners in Health come together for an exclusive conversation about Emily’s brand new book, “To End A Plague.'' This book uncovers the movement that ignited in 1998 to successfully repeal global policies that put drug company profits over the lives of the poor, and win life-saving treatment for millions of people with AIDS around the world.
These revolutionary activists stood up to big pharma and the World Trade Organization, got President George Bush to care about this issue, and launched global solutions to a pandemic that was claiming millions of lives. We have so much to learn and draw upon from this movement as we are mounting our own fight against COVID-19 and pandemics of the future.
Our leaders have not learned from the mistakes of the past. We must fight for worldwide access to vaccines, tackle the environmental drivers of new disease outbreaks, and build resilient health systems so we can prevent the pandemics of the future and ultimately save millions of lives.
Emily Bass, author "To End A Plague"
Emily Bass has spent more than twenty years writing about and working on HIV/AIDS in America and East and Southern Africa. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Esquire, The Lancet, and more. A lifelong social justice activist, Emily has served as an external expert for the World Health Organization and is a member of the What Would an HIV Doula Do Collective. A Manhattan native, Emily lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH
Dr. Mukherjee is associate professor of medicine in the Division of Global Health Equity, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and associate professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School. Since 2000, Dr. Mukherjee has served as the chief medical officer of Partners In Health. She also serves on the board of directors for Village Health Works (Burundi) and Muso (Mali) and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti.