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Pro Bono As We See It
March 2, 2011

VIDEO: Addressing HIV/AIDS Globally Through Pro Bono

HIV/AIDS is obviously a serious issue of public health that has had a global impact, but treating the disease, particularly in developing countries goes far beyond medicine.

To get a better sense of the true depth HIV treatment issues, The PBEye spoke with David Patterson of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO).  Patterson, manager of IDLO’s HIV and Health Law Program based in Rome, talked about the various issues his program addresses in developing countries and places with weak rule of law.  One of the issues topping the list is discrimination, a problem that Patterson said can create barriers to treatment, such as potentially infected persons being reluctant to be tested for the virus in the first place.  Patterson also talked about ways pro bono attorneys can get involved and what training opportunities are available to help lawyers do HIV work in other countries.

PBI will be featuring other public interest programs at its 2011 Annual Seminar/Forum, which begins tomorrow, March 3.  Online registration is closed, but onsite registration is an option for law firm and corporate attendees.  You also may call Caroline Stainback at 202-973-872 or e-mail