Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Peter Navario is Technical Advisor at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in New York, where he supports numerous policy initiatives such as the 2011 UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS' High Level Commission on HIV Prevention and the UN Secretary-General's Global Strategy on Women's and Children's Health. Prior to UNAIDS, Peter was a Fellow in Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he published, lectured and convened meetings with leaders on U.S. development assistance for HIV/AIDS and other global health initiatives. Previously, Peter held various assignments across sub-Saharan Africa including Associate Director for the BroadReach Healthcare HIV treatment program in South Africa, lead evaluator of the World Bank's Treatment Access Programme in Burkina Faso, and Chair of the Botswana Ministry of Health's National HIV/AIDS Health Professional Training Curriculum Committee. In addition, he managed programs for health professional training in HIV/AIDS in South Africa, Ethiopia, Côte d'Ivoire, Tanzania and Zambia. Peter is on the editorial board of Global Health Governance, and has written articles on AIDS policy and other global health issues in various publications including the Lancet, Nutrition, the Huffington Post, cfr.org, and Global Health Magazine.
Dr. Navario holds a BA from Lehigh University, an MPH in Global Health from Yale University, and a PhD in Health Economics from the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town.
Global Health: Policies, Politics, and Institutions
Following an unprecedented mobilization of resources (financial and otherwise) for HIV, new infections are down across much of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), prevention interventions are having some impact, and access to care and treatment services are up, which has reduced AIDS-associated mortality. Still, two-thirds of all people living with HIV are in SSA, as are half of all new infections and nearly three-quarters of AIDS-related deaths. Meanwhile, the lingering global economic malaise is squeezing donor and domestic budgets alike, and a global shift in focus from HIV to health systems and other health concerns may jeopardize hard-won gains. It’s an ambivalent picture that portends an uncertain future, and this course unpacks the political, economic, socio-cultural and epidemiologic nuances of HIV in the region. Global, national and community-level perspectives are explored through a mix of primary and secondary sources, as well as quantitative and qualitative literature. Following a review of HIV epidemiology and pathophysiology, the course examines the rollouts of HIV prevention, care and treatment services (particular attention is given to the South African epidemic and AIDS response); costs, financing and global HIV governance; the relationship between AIDS, sex and poverty; and concludes by considering the future of the AIDS epidemic and response in SSA.