Peru's Former First Family to Speak at UA

Alejandro Toledo, who served as president of Peru from 2001 to 2006, will speak during an event focusing on health care issues among low-income populations. Former first lady Elaine Karp-Toledo also will speak.
April 14, 2008
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The UA College of Public Health is sponsoring the events, which are free and open to the public. No registration is required to attend Toledo's discussion but registration is required for lunch and dinner. To register, visit the college's Web site.


Alejandro Toledo, former president of Peru, will speak at the UA this week about health care and poor populations from a president's perspective.
Alejandro Toledo, former president of Peru, will speak at the UA this week about health care and poor populations from a president's perspective.

The former first family of Peru is visiting The University of Arizona this week to speak during two separate events centered on social inequities in health.

Alejandro Toledo, who served as Peru's president from 2001 to 2006, and former first lady Eliane Karp-Toledo will each speak about health-related issues affecting low-socioeconomic communities in talks that are free and open to the public.

The UA's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and Center for Latin American Studies are co-sponsoring their visit.

Toledo will speak Thursday during the College of Public Health's "Social Justice in Health: Local to Global" symposium. That day, he will deliver two public addresses – the first at 8:30 a.m. at University Medical Center's DuVal Auditorium. Toledo, speaking from the perspective of a president, will answer the question, "Can the Poor Afford Democracy Without Democratizing Health and Education?"

His second public address, "Can Democracy Afford to Neglect the Poor?," will be held at 7 p.m. in Room 207 of McClelland Hall.

Toledo was born in Andes, a remote Peruvian village, as one of 16 children. His family lived in a community of extreme poverty and Toledo began working as a paper boy and shoe shiner at the age of 6 to help support his family.

Later in life, Toledo was sponsored by Tucson Peace Corps volunteers who encouraged him to pursue a college degree, supporting him financially for part of the time he studied at the University of San Francisco. He eventually earned his undergraduate degree there before earning master's degrees at Stanford University.

He had already become a well-known economist before becoming Peru's first democratically elected indigenous president.

Toledo has said that people in his community require adequate access to health care and education to help improve their situation. Those two issues, along with supporting those in poverty, were among Toledo's priorities while president.

On Saturday, Karp-Toledo will speak on "Indigenous People and their Social Inclusion to Democracy." The lecture will be held at 8:15 a.m. at DuVal Auditorium.

Karp-Toledo is one of the two keynote speakers for a two-day event called "Reversing the Trend: Resilience in the Face of Historical Trauma Workshop." The event is sponsored by the College of Public Health.

Samia Goudie, the other keynote speaker for the workshop, will give an address, titled "Feet on Country: A Return to Wellness," about indigenous peoples' health issues.

A dinner reception will be held Friday. Registration is required to attend. To register, send an e-mail to Maylynn Riding at