August 4, 1993

Health and Human Rights Inseparable

JAMA. 1993;270(5):553. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510050013004

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AT A HEADY 3-day colloquium in which idealistic and pragmatic points of view were expounded with equal fervor, 70 experts from around the world met recently to assess the present and influence the future of "AIDS, Health and Human Rights."

The meeting, the third gathering at this venue of thinkers and doers occasioned by the pandemic of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, was sponsored at its conference center near Annecy, France, by the Fondation Marcel Mérieux. The firm's 86-year-old president, Charles Mérieux, MD, set the tone, recalling in his welcoming remarks the contributions to humanity's well-being its eponymous founder made 100 years ago alongside Louis Pasteur and Emile Roux and concluding, "The fight against AIDS should remind us that the right to health is the foremost human right."

Under cochair Jonathan Mann, MD, MPH, director, International AIDS Center, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Mass,