Professor Michel Kazatchkine, UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia will deliver a  landmark speech at the City Health 2013 conference in Glasgow beginning November 4.

Unless there is a radical re-think of AIDS strategies, the HIV/AIDS epidemic risks becoming increasingly concentrated in key affected populations globally as developing countries transition to middle income status, Professor Michel Kazatchkine will tell delegates next week in his Alison Chesney & Eddie Killoran Memorial Lecture to be delivered at the City Health 2013 conference in Glasgow next Monday November 4 (18.00- 19.30 GMT)

The UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia will relay his concerns that the despite the huge advances made in the fight against the epidemic over the past three decades, policy makers and implementers have failed globally to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic amongst the key affected populations of sex workers, me who have sex with men, people who inject drugs and transgender people.

City Health 2013 is being held November 4-5 at the Science Centre in Glasgow, Scotland.  The event is organised by Knowledge-Action-Change in partnership with Turning Point Scotland, The Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and Esprit de Bois. The conference canvasses a wide range of urban health issues including sexual health, club drugs, alcohol policy, policing, sex work, migration and harm reduction. The conference will feature a special focus on public health in Scotland including a special panel discussion on HIV in Scotland with Professor Michel Kazatchkine, Dr Roy Robertson and Georgina Perry.

Programme highlights include:

  • David Stuckler, Senior Research Leader in Sociology Oxford University, England, Why austerity kills: economic policy and the impact on public health and wellbeing
  • Dr Ingrid van Beek, Director, Kirketon Centre, Australia, Public health, public order and ‘health for all’’
  • Pavel Aksenov, ESVRO, Russia, Young people: Urban futures in Russia
  • Georgina Perry, Open Doors NHS Trust, England, Migrant sex workers: myths and realities
  • Katy McLeod, Crew 2000, Club drugs and legal highs
  • Rosie Ilett, Sandyford Services, NHS GGC, Scotland Developing quality sexual health services in an urban setting
  • Haleem Adil Sheikh, Pakistan Relief Foundation, Pakistan, Disasters and Responses to internal displacement and migration
  • Judith Robertson, Head, Oxfam Scotland, Winners and Losers in the new economic times
  • Professor Carol Tannahill, Director, Glasgow Centre for Population Health, Scotland,

A full programme can be downloaded at
Further information (Media Registration, interview requests):

Charlotte McNeil
Communications Officer
Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
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Marisa Mahood
Communications Manager
Turning Point Scotland
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Andy Dewar
Marketing & Communications Officer
Turning Point Scotland
Tel: 07837765483

Michael Kessler (in Glasgow October 30-November 6)
In Toon Media
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About the City Health 2013 organisers


Knowledge-Action-Change is an independent organisation committed to the development and promotion of evidence-based policies and interventions in the field of substance use and related areas of public health and public policy. The organisational ethos is to link knowledge transfer and organisational development to achieve impact at relevant organisational, community, national and international levels.

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the national body representing the interests of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.  The Scottish third sector turns over £4.5 billion a year and employs 138,000 people in over 45,000 organisations.

Turning Point Scotland

Turning Point Scotland provides support to thousands of people with a variety of challenging and complex issues such as learning disabilities, autism, neurological conditions, substance misuse, homelessness, mental health and criminal justice. Operating from 180 locations across Scotland the organisation provides a diverse range of services depending on the needs of the individual.