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African Health Delegates Welcomed to Washington
Date:4/22/2009

Delegation honors President Carter, Carter Center for fight against neglected tropical diseases

WASHINGTON, April 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Global Health Progress (GHP) and ONE, as well as members of Congress, the African Diplomatic Corps and representatives from NGOs, foundations and the business community, welcomed a delegation of senior African health officials to Washington, D.C., at a reception on Capitol Hill today. The delegation presented a tribute to President Jimmy Carter and the Carter Center for pioneering contributions to fighting neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Africa.

"Welcoming the delegates to Washington and honoring the Carter Center for their work against NTDs gives us an opportunity to express our thanks for their efforts and continued commitment to global health outcomes," said Chris Singer, President, International, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), a founding member of the GHP initiative. "Their voices are a strong and critical component of the diverse global stakeholders who work together in an effort to meet the healthcare needs of millions of people around the world."

The delegation, arriving at a pivotal time in U.S.-Africa relations, includes senior health officials from the African Union, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda. With a new administration in the White House and a global economic crisis forcing a review of every U.S. funding commitment, decision-makers in Washington are looking for new ways and enhanced stakeholder engagement to promote sustainable health advances.

Throughout their visit, the delegates will participate in meetings with a

broad group of global health leaders, including representatives from the Obama administration, elected officials, and members of the business, non-profit and foundation communities to assess recent progress in health, share lessons learned, and explore innovative strategies for advocacy, resource mobilization and future partnerships to address Africa's disease burden and critical health challenges.

"Good health is a prerequisite for people and communities to break out of poverty, grow economies and build stable, hopeful futures," said ONE President and CEO David Lane. "ONE is grateful for the chance to celebrate the progress that is being made and to help brainstorm new, more effective ways to tackle disease and save lives."

Following the visit, GHP will continue to work directly with the participating governments and global health leaders to promote sustainable advances in healthcare and new and innovative partnerships to address health challenges worldwide.

About GHP and ONE

The GHP initiative brings research-based biopharmaceutical companies and global health leaders together to improve health in the developing world. ONE is a global advocacy and campaigning organization backed by more than 2 million people from around the world dedicated to fighting extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Learn more at www.globalhealthprogress.org and www.one.org.


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