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Friday, May 28 • 2:10pm - 3:15pm
Cellular Wisdom

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A look inside the Clinic of Hope in Yaounde, Cameroon which is successfully treating people with HIV/AIDS, many types of cancer, Hepatitis B and C, and other viral-related illnesses with a revolutionary therapeutic vaccine, called VANHIVAX. If this therapy is so good, why haven't we heard about it?Recently, three independent film makers from Venezuela travelled to Cameroon to find out. They investigated and filmed a medical doctor, Professor Victor Anomah Ngu, and his team who have been treating, and, in some cases (25), curing HIV/AIDS (defined as a sero-conversion from HIV+ to HIV- on the standard Elisa test) for more than 18 years at the Clinic of Hope. His treatment is a therapeutic vaccine called VANHIVAX.Intimate access was granted to film the Professor, his clinic, and, in a few cases, patients, and case histories. What unfolds in the film is that a seemingly practical, effective, and cheap solution does exist to one of the 21st century's deadliest scourges. The destiny of VANHIVAX is currently caught in the crosshairs of major forces: Cameroonian poverty prevents large scale monitoring of patients for a long period of time, thus not much clinical evidence of the vaccine's efficacy is available. Cameroonians, like many other Africans, have to find their way through the HIV miasma with codes of practice and attitudes from traditional beliefs, Church doctrine, and a government trying to cope with an increasingly ill and dying population. And then there are the pharmaceutical companies...

Friday May 28, 2010 2:10pm - 3:15pm
Chairman's Boardroom