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Stigma and global Health: Developing a Research Agenda - An International Conference
September 5 - 7, 2001 Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.A. Bethesda Marriott 5151 Pooks Hill Road
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Updated August 2002

Message from the Conference organizers
The Conference was held September 5-7, 2001.  The complete Conference video is available for viewing (see below).  Please check this website for continuing updates about stigma and global health research.  Thank you for your interest.

 Request for Applications (RFA)
Stigma and Global Health Research Program RFA
Release Date: June 20, 2002
NIH RFA: TW-03-001
Letter of Intent Deadline: October 14, 2002
Application Deadline: November 14, 2002

News Release
August 28, 2002: Fogarty International Center Announces New Research Program in Stigma and Global Health

For more information about the Stigma and Global Health Research Program, please visit the Fogarty International Center website at


Conference VideoCast
Click the following links to view the Conference VideoCast.  This is a work of the United States Government.  No copyright exists on this material.  It may be disseminated freely.
Day 1: Wednesday, September 5 (click here)
Day 2: Thursday, September 6 (click here)
Day 3: Friday, September 7 (click here)

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Conference Description

Posted May 2001

In partnership with other National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutes and Centers, U.S. agencies, and domestic and international organizations, the Fogarty International Center (FIC) announces a major international conference: "Stigma and Global Health: Developing a Research Agenda."  

Focusing on stigma as it relates to public health, this conference will examine the causes and consequences of stigma, both in the developing world and the United States.  Together, participants and speakers will seek to identify the gaps in disease-associated stigma research.

According to "The Global Burden of Disease Report" (WHO, World Bank, and Harvard School of Public Health), the disease burden for HIV, major depression, and self-inflicted injuries will increase dramatically by the year 2020.  Given these increases, the accompanying stigma due to these and other diseases will likely increase.  Individuals with stigmatizing diseases are less likely to seek medical attention, causing higher morbidity and mortality among these "silently sick" populations, and communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS spread more easily through populations with untreated individuals.  Social stigma, therefore, is a global health concern.

The first full day of the conference (September 6) will be devoted to discussions examining alcohol and drug abuse, epilepsy, schizophrenia, HIV/AIDS, sexual and physical abuse, and other conditions.  Subsequent presentations will focus on cross-cutting socio-cultural issues, including policy, gender, population genetics, and media.  The final day of the conference will be comprised primarily of breakout sessions, divided according to the disorders reviewed on the previous day.  Breakout sessions will examine methodological strategies and barriers to stigma research in cross-cultural settings. 

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