City Health International Patrons

We are delighted that a number of high profile thought leaders from different aspects of urban health have accepted the invitation to be Patrons of City Health International.
The Patrons support the aims of the network and lend valuable advice and support in our efforts to promote its activities.

Professor Michel Kazatchkine is a French physician, diplomat and advocate, best known for his work in international AIDS treatment issues. A former Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in July 2012 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed him as his United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Michel is also a Senior Fellow with the Global Health Programme of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy and serves as Chair of the Board of the Robert Carr Civil Society Networks Fund.

Following graduation from medical school in Paris, he then studied immunology at the Pasteur Institute. He first treated AIDS patients in 1983, and by 1985 had founded a clinic in Paris specializing in AIDS treatment and directed the French National Agency for AIDS Research between 1998-2005. He is a member of Médecins du Monde and one of the founders of Nova Dona, which is a non-profit organization giving services to drug users in Paris.

From 2004-2007 Michel also served as a Chair of the World Health Organisation's Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS and as a member of the WHO's Scientific and Technical Advisory Group on tuberculosis. In February 2005 he became France's HIV/AIDS and communicable diseases global ambassador and served in this role until 2007.

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City Health International
Founded in 2012 City Health International is a network of individuals and organisations engaged in the study of and response to structural health issues and health behaviours in the urban environment. For the first time in history the majority of the world’s population now live in urban environments and the proportion continues to grow. As national governments struggle to deal with the pressures and demands of growing urban populations against a backdrop of financial deficits and uncertainty, it is increasingly left to those working at a city level to provide the leadership and support needed to tackle key health issues.