Burma/Myanmar has been under military rule since 1962, and decades of repression, civil war, and poor governance have contributed to the spread of infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Now the Burmese government's extreme travel restrictions have forced most aid workers out of the country. On the first part of today's Underreported
, Leonard speaks with Aryeh Neier
, President of the Open Society Institute, and Brian Williams
, UNAIDS country coordinator for Burma, about the dire health conditions in Burma.
Aryeh Neier and Brian Williams will be participating in a panel discussion on the challenges of delivering humanitarian aid to Burma, co-sponsored by the Asia Society and the Open Society Institute. The panel is called "Human Rights and Public Health: The Burma/Myanmar Tragedy."
The panel is tonight, Sept. 13, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm
at the Asia Society
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street)
New York City
For tickets, call the Asia Society box office at (212) 517-ASIA or visit tickets.asiasociety.org