A small levy on airplane tickets sold in Europe is providing money for desperately needed – but neglected – areas of health care in HIV, TB and malaria. Unitaid, administered by WHO in Geneva, uses
Bob Meyers joined the foundation in 1993 as director of its Washington Journalism Center. He was appointed president of the foundation in 1995 and retired in 2014. From 1989 to 1993 Meyers was director of the Harvard Journalism Fellowship for Advanced Studies in Public Health. He is a former reporter forThe Washington Post, and a former assistant city editor at theSan Diego Union. As a stringer for The Post he worked on the Watergate investigation from Los Angeles, focusing on the "dirty tricks" campaign that was a part of the paper's Pulitzer Prize winning Public Service package. As a Post staffer he was nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize. He has written two books, “Like Normal People” and “D.E.S.: The Bitter Pill.” “Like Normal People” is the story of his mentally handicapped younger brother and the family’s efforts to help him lead a normal life. It was turned into a made-for-TV movie in 1979 and was nominated for a National Book Award. “D.E.S.: The Bitter Pill” was the story of a widely used anti-miscarriage drug that had enormous social and medical consequences.
At NPF Meyers expanded the foundation’s U.S.-based programs, and originated its international programs, called Journalist-to-Journalist ™, which have focused on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and lung disease, and other topics.
Educated in the New York City public schools system and at UCLA, he was awarded an academic fellowship at Harvard's Center for Health Communication in 1987-88. He is a member of the Fellowship Advisory Board of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. He has lectured at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Tsinghua University in Beijing, and in Lithuania, Poland and Estonia, among other places.
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