Dr. Gita Sen, distinguished professor and director of the Ramalingaswami Centre on Equity and Social Determinants of Health at the Public Health Foundation of India will deliver the Yusuf Hamied Distinguished Lecture on March 11th at 11:30 a.m. Eastern. Titled “Unequal from birth: the spatial and social referents of health inequality,” Dr. Sen’s lecture is part of Columbia University Mailman Schoolof Public Health’s continuing Grand Rounds Series on 400 Years of Inequalities.
Dr. Sen has worked for 35 years on population policies, reproductive and sexual health, gender equality and women’s human rights, as well as issues of poverty, human development and labor markets. The UN has sought her expertise for high-level events and as an advisor to policies and programs. She was lead consultant for drafting UNFPA’s India Country Population Assessment document for 2003-2007.
Dr. Sen is the General Coordinator of DAWN (Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era). She also serves on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research, and is co-chair of PAHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Gender Equality and Health.
In addition to the Distinguished Lecture, Dr. Hamied has made possible the Yusuf Hamied Fellowships which enables Mailman School faculty to work in India and researchers from Indian institutions to work here. A world-renowned scientist and chairman of the global pharmaceuticals company, Cipla, Dr. Hamied has spent much of his career working to ensure access to generic AIDS drugs and other life-saving medications, regardless of patients’ ability to pay. In addition, he was influential in pioneering the development of multi-drug combination pills for human immunodeficiency virus/ acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), tuberculosis (TB), and other ailments.