Resources for Teachers and Students

Prepare: David Ho is a professor at The Rockefeller University, where he directs the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, ADARC. His professional biography and curriculum vitae can be found at the ADARC website. He was named Time Magazine's "Man of the Year" in 1996. The article written about him in Time is available in their online archive.

Read: David Ho wrote an original essay for the Architects of Peace project. In it, he suggests that our response to the AIDS crisis is "a measure of our care for one another."

Explore: The United Nations has set up a joint program, called UNAIDS, to advocate for global action to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In conjunction with the World Health Organization, UNAIDS tracks the latest worldwide epidemiological facts and makes them available on their website on both a region-by-region and country-by-country basis. There are currently more than 40 million people worldwide living with HIV.

Write: Early in the year 2000, the United Nations Security Council held an open debate on the impact of AIDS on the peace and security of Africa. It was the first time in the history of the United Nations that the council discussed a health issue as a threat to peace. Over 40 speakers entered into the debate, which took place over a period of seven hours. A summary of the positions taken can be found on the website of the United Information Service. After reading this summary, draft your own position regarding the relationship between AIDS and peace, and summarize it in a one-to-two page paper. List at least some current epidemiological statistics as evidence of your contention.

Extend: David Ho is a member of the National Board of Governors for Project Inform, a national, non-profit, community-based organization whose mission is to end the AIDS epidemic. Information about this project, including extensive listings of available resources as well as listings of volunteer opportunities, can be found on their website.

Additional Resource: Additional information about the current state of the HIV/AIDS crisis and the latest efforts to develop antiviral therapy can be found on a special website set up for this purpose by the World Health Organization.


Biography of David Ho