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Global Health Council opens 38th annual international conference in Washington
Date:6/12/2011

dition to several issue-specific sessions, the conference will also feature a conversation with the renowned public health leader Dr. William H. Foege about his new book on smallpox eradication, House on Fire.

Other conference speakers include: Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator; Fernando Otaiza, Ministry of Health, Chile; Corine Karema, Ministry of Health, Rwanda; and Sir George Alleyne, University of West Indies.

On June 16th, the final evening of the conference, the Council will present the Gates Award for Global Health, the Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health & Human Rights, the Excellence in Media Award for Global Health and the Best Practices in Global Health Award.

TDR, a program for research and scientific collaboration on diseases of poverty based at the World Health Organization, was named last month as winner of the Gates Award. The prize was established by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to recognize organizations that have made outstanding contributions to improving health, especially in resource-poor settings. The winner was chosen by a jury of international health leaders from more than 150 nominations received from around the world.

The banquet will be emceed by Ray Suarez, senior correspondent for PBS NewsHour. In addition to reporting on global health issues for the NewsHour, Suarez currently hosts the monthly radio program "America Abroad" for Public Radio International and the weekly politics program "Destination Casa Blanca" for Hispanic Information Telecommunications Network, HITN TV.


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