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Examining the Challenges of Global Healthcare

The fundamental right of health for all is commonly acknowledged, and many human beings do have access to quality health care. However, not everyone, especially those in resource-limited countries, has the opportunity to learn about infectious disease prevention or afford proven treatments.

In the general sessions at the 2011 ASCP Annual Meeting/World Association of the Societies for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (WASPaLM) XXVI World Congress, Oct. 19–22, Las Vegas, several world-renowned presenters will show considerable progress being made in delivering quality healthcare worldwide while pointing out more economic and political obstacles to overcome.

A tireless advocate of health care for the poorest of the poor, Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, founding director of Partners In Health (PIH), will present the Scientific Address from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. on Oct. 20. A renowned medical anthropologist and physician, Dr. Farmer focuses on community-based treatment for infectious diseases among destitute people, resulting in considerably better patient outcomes.

A distinguished panel of international experts and patient advocates will provide their perspectives on the challenges and successes involved in establishing equal access to health care—with a focus on cervical cancer screening and treatment—from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. on Oct. 21.

World-renowned human papillomavirus (HPV) researcher and epidemiologist Philip Castle, PhD, MPH, Executive Director of the ASCP Institute and Center for Health Services Research, will lead the discussion. The panelists are Robby Bacchus, MD, Chairman of WASPaLM's Secretariat for Pathology, and Doreen Ramogola-Masire, MD, In-Country Director of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership, Botswana, with a special guest and cervical cancer survivor, Tamika Felder.

Dr. Bacchus represents the perspective of the United Kingdom, while Dr. Ramogola-Masire illuminates the African viewpoint. Ms. Felder launched a national nonprofit organization, Tamika & Friends, Inc., in 2005, dedicated to educating women about the prevention HPV of through vaccinations and screening, and the early detection and treatment of cervical cancer if HPV advances.

On Oct. 20, ASCP President John E. Tomaszewski, MD, FASCP, will give his presidential address from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m., and on Oct. 21 incoming ASCP President C. Bruce Alexander, MD, FASCP, will deliver his Presidential Inaugural Address from 6 to 7 p.m.

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