15 février 2023 - UNIGE



Are we all equal when it comes to HIV?

The role of the civil society in global health issues




The access to health should be granted to everyone no matter the social identity, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status. We know however that this is not the case in the real world. Civil society plays an important role in influencing health policy and filling in where governments fall short of ensuring this fundamental right.

The University of Geneva will welcome, on Wednesday February 15 at 12:30 at Uni Mail, a discussion between students of AESPRI, the Venezuelan human rights activist and recipient of the 2023 Martin Ennals Award, Feliciano Reyna, and Prof. Alexandra Calmy, Head of the HIV Unit in the Department of Infectious Diseases (HUG) and Vice-Dean in charge of humanitarian and international medicine (UNIGE).


Through the eyes of Feliciano Reyna, and his experience in Venezuela and with international organizations, this discussion aims to address the social dimensions of treatments for HIV and more broadly, the question of how we can realize the right of all people to access life-saving health care in different parts of the World.

The panel discussion, moderated by the students of AESPRI, will include Prof. Alexandra Calmy, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medecine in charge of humanitarian and international medecine and Head of the HIV Unit in the Department of Infectious Diseases (HUG).


Impacted by the death of his partner Rafael from AIDS in 1995, Feliciano Reyna, then an architect, decided to help people with HIV in his country to access medication and treatment. He founded Acción Solidaria and began advocating for access to health for the marginalized LGBTQI population. They created the first national AIDS Help Line in Venezuela and ran a national awareness campaign on HIV & AIDS.

Feliciano Reyna went on to found CODEVIDA, a coalition of Venezuelan organizations promoting the rights of Venezuelan citizens to health and life. Despite ongoing threats, since 2006, he has worked closely with UN mechanisms to defend human rights in his country.


The meeting will be followed by an informal aperitif.

The role of the civil society in global health issues

Meeting with Feliciano Reyna and Alexandra Calmy

February 15 | 12:30 | MS150
Uni Mail, Bd du Pont-d'Arve 40, 1205 Geneva

Free admission, on registration


This event is organized by different structures of University of Geneva: Centre Maurice Chalumeau en sciences des sexualités (CMCSS); the Latino Lab; The Equality and Diversity Office;  in collaboration with the Association of students in political sciences (AESPRI) and Martin Ennals Foundation.



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