International Symposium to Celebrate the Albert Schweitzer Hospital Centennial

- July 6-7 2013, Libreville and Lambaréné, Gabon - Under the High Patronage of H.E. ALI BONGO ONDIMBA

LIBREVILLE, Gabon, June 28, 2013 /CNW/ - 2013 marks the centennial anniversary of Nobel Laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer Hospital opening in Lambaréné, Gabon.

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To celebrate the legacy of one of the 20th century's greatest humanitarians, the government of the Gabonese Republic is organizing an international symposium to promote an innovative and integrated approach to addressing the Triple Epidemic - HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis - in Africa.

During two days, over 200 delegates and speakers including Nobel Laureates, medical researchers, scientists, doctors, social sciences experts, NGOs, agencies and representatives of on the ground institutions as well as private sector stakeholders, will meet in Libreville to develop the Lambaréné Declaration.

The objective of this symposium, organized in memory of Albert Schweitzer's scientific and medical commitment, is to promote a new approach to three of the main diseases affecting Africa:  HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

At the end of the symposium, the participants will adopt the Lambaréné Declaration, a concrete action plan for Gabon and more generally for promoting a stronger collaborative dynamic in Africa amongst all stakeholders.

Among the speakers…

Peter Agre, Director, Nobel Prize winner in Chemsitry and Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute

Roy Anderson, Director, London Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases

Till Bärnighausen, Senior Epidemiologist, Harvard School of Public Health

Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO

Alain Deloche, Founder, La Chaîne de l'Espoir and Co-Founder, Médecins du Monde

Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Founder, Women Peace and Security Network

Luc Montagnier, founder of the Fondation Mondiale Recherche et Prévention SIDA

Sylla Thiam, Lead Malaria Programme, AMREF, Senegal

Dean  Schraufnagel, Vice-President of  International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease

Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS

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