The catastrophic effect of the Aids epidemic on the world’s health over the past 25 years is to be the subject of a lecture at Coventry University on April 20.

Since Aids was recognised by the medical community in the early 1980s, every global region has been affected in some way or other by the medical condition, for which there is still no known cure.

In 2008, 33 million people globally were living with HIV and of these, two thirds, or 22 million, were living in sub-Saharan Africa with 75 per cent of all Aids deaths occurring in this region.

Professor Hazel Barrett, head of Geography, Environment and Disaster Management at Coventry University, and a leading expert on Aids, will deliver a free lecture at 6pm in The Humber Lecture Theatre about its impact.

Anyone interested in booking a place for the lecture should call Suky Sanghera on 024 7679 5294.