Peter Piot

No Time To Lose

A life in pursuit of deadly viruses

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AIDS – it’s not over

Original article can be found here http://www.avert.org/aids-its-not-over.htm In recent years, there has been some wishful thinking about the end of AIDS. It is true that we must be very ambitious in our goal to stop AIDS, and thanks to a sustained global effort over two decades, we have succeeded in stabilizing the pandemic, treating millions around the world – more than 8 million people in low- and middle-income countries now receive antiretroviral therapy. However, rumours of the demise of AIDS are greatly exaggerated. Today, well over 30 million people are living with HIV globally, and nearly twice as many people are newly infected with HIV as are put on ART every year. With 2.7 million new infections and …

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This talk by Dr.Peter Piot is taken from the 21st Century Challenge event ‘Global Heath in the 21st Century — exploring whether societies can strike a balance between combating the dangers of viral outbreaks and pandemics, while maintaining the hopes of eradicating established diseases, such as malaria and HIV/AIDS, which continue to claim millions of lives each year? This video is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license. Original video available here

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Peter Piots recent article in the Huffington post has been featured in the Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report, below is the full extract. “If left unaddressed, [non-communicable diseases (NCDs)] will lead to more death, disability and the implosion of already overburdened health systems in developing countries at huge cost to individuals, families, businesses and society,” Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and former UNAIDS executive director, writes in the Huffington Post “Impact” blog, adding, “Like AIDS, NCDs are a problem for rich and poor countries alike, but the poor suffer the most.” He continues, “The 2011 U.N. High-Level Meeting on NCDs — only the second time the U.N. had convened a …

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As executive director of UNAIDS from 1994 to 2008, I was privileged to have a front row seat at one of the great global health struggles of modern times. Although our work against AIDS is far from finished, we have stabilized the pandemic and started to imagine a world without AIDS. Unfortunately, the same is not true of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes, which cause nearly two out of three deaths in the world (80 percent of those in developing countries). Infectious diseases like AIDS continue to have a devastating impact on the health and development of many low- and middle-income countries, particularly in Africa. However, NCDs have slowly emerged, in the words …

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No Time To Lose has been included on the longlist for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize. From music to madness and from anatomy to genetic engineering, the eclectic mix of books selected reflects the extraordinary number of ways in which authors can explore medicine to make it both engaging and accessible. The announcement noted that Peter Piot is an “inspiring individual” who has contributed to scientific progress through his “extraordinary work”. The shortlist will be announced on 11 October, and the winner of this prestigious prize will be announced at an awards reception at Wellcome Collection, London, on 7 November 2012. To find out more about The Wellcome Trust Book Prize, please visit the Book Prize website.

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In June, Peter Piot was interviewed by Laurie Garret on behalf of the Council On Foreign Relations.  The notes from the film are below and you can watch the full video, here. “Peter Piot, who discovered the Ebola virus and has been on the front lines in the fight against AIDS, talked about his career. Dr. Piot, the founding executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), was then joined in discussion by his successor, Mr. Sidibe. He was interviewed by Laurie Garret and responded to questions from members of the audience at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City.”

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The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) recently conducted an audio interview with Peter Piot.  You can listen to the conversation, which covers Peter’s contributions to the fight against AIDS, here.

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Jennifer Brookland interviewed Peter Piot for devex. The article ‘3 questions for Peter Piot:Two moments that scared me’ is available to view online. The article was published 18th July 2012, and the extract is below. If you’re looking for a page turner, Peter Piot’s chronicle of a career spent chasing down the Ebola virus and combating HIV and AIDS on a global scale might do the trick. In No Time to Lose, Piot describes his first brushes in the field with the two then-mysterious diseases. Now director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Piot was also the founding director of the Joint U.N. Program on HIV/AIDS, which he led for 13 years. The

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Senne Starckx interviewed Peter Piot for Flanders Today. The article, Heal The World (From the field in Africa to a desk in Geneva, and from Ebola to Aids, pioneering Flemish doctor Peter Piot has led the global fight against deadly diseases) is availble to view online. The extract from the article, which appeared today (18 July, 2012), is shown below. “Firstly as a microbiologist in the field in central Africa, later as a UN policy maker in Geneva, Peter Piot has fought against Aids for almost 30 years. Now he has published his memoirs. No Time to Lose is an extraordinary account of the biggest epidemic of modern times.Since the development of the first antiretroviral treatment in the …

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