Avian flu and Other Increasing Health Risks in Our Globalized World

Date: Oct 18-, 2005 - 8 PM

The archived video of the “Increasing Health Risks of Our Globalized World” program is available on the Kaiser Network.

Avian flu is real in Asia – and scientists fear mutations could transform it into a global pandemic. Those worries have been in the headlines for the past months. Further, with the Gulf Coast hurricanes Americans saw many health and social problems surface in their own country, such as waterborne diseases, infections, and the consequences of poverty. Here and abroad, children join the elderly in being the most vulnerable of populations. With the other side of the world just a plane ride away global health has turned into something more akin to neighborhood health – and all of it of vital interest to reporters, editors and broadcasters as they serve to inform and enlighten the public on these issues.

This unique and important program for journalists brought the world's leading experts on global health together with journalists for rare, candid, on-the-record discussions on topics that are in the headlines – or will be soon.
This program was a precursor to the first week of November when Americans' attention will be turned towards global health through a number of multimedia events.  The anchor of this week is one of one of the most important documentaries on global health ever produced -- the six-hour PBS series, Rx for Survival – A Global Health Challenge,™ airing November 1-3 and co-produced by the WGBH/NOVA Science Unit and Vulcan Productions, with major funding provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Merck Company Foundation.  Excerpts of Rx for Survival were previewed during the conference.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005      


8:30 a.m.                                 Breakfast Reception

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.                      Welcome and Introduction

            Bob Meyers, President of the National Press Foundation

            Nanda Chitre, Rx for Survival, WGBH

9:15 - 10:30 a.m.                    Avian Flu & Tomorrow's Pandemics

Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis; Associate Director of the Department of Homeland Security's National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD); Professor, School of Public Health, Overview of avian flu

Dr. Rex Archer, President, National Association of County and City Health Officials, U.S. preparation for avian flu and other pandemics

Dr. Olusoji Adeyi, Coordinator of Public Health Programs, The World Bank, Improving health in developing countries in preparation for avian flu and other pandemics

 10:30 a.m                                Break

10:45 a.m – 12:00 p.m.           The Global Health Crisis & Child Survival

Dr. Nils Daulaire, President and CEO, Global Health Council, Overview of the global health crisis

Neff Walker, Senior Project Officer, Strategic Information Section, UNICEF; coauthor of Lancet study analyzing the costs in saving the lives of six million children annually, Overview of child survival.

Jeffrey Griffiths, MD MPH&TM, Director of Graduate Programs in Public Health, Tufts School of Medicine, Waterborne diseases and contaminated and stagnant water

Colleen Mone Hardy, field epidemiologist, International Rescue Committee, On the ground assessments: How Katrina compares with other crises

12:00 p.m.       Special screening of highlights from Rx for Survival—A Global Health Challenge

            Larry Klein, Executive Producer, Rx for Survival      

12:15 p.m.                               Lunch served

12: 30 – 2:00 p.m.                   Lunch Panel: Reporting from the Front Lines

Maryn McKenna, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Covering avian flu.  

Brenda Wilson, Science Desk Correspondent and Editor for NPR, Covering health in the developing world

Mike Lemonick, Senior Science Writer, TIME Magazine, Covering global epidemics

               Steve Sternberg, Reporter, USA Today

The National Press Foundation is an independent, 501-c-3 educational organization.

PBS is a private, nonprofit media enterprise that serves the nation's 348 public noncommercial television stations, reaching nearly 90 million people each week.  Beginning with the premiere of RX FOR SURVIVAL in Fall 2005 and extending over 18 months, PBS will launch a health initiative that presents global content and educational resources  -- including original specials, extensive Web and community outreach.

WGBH Boston is America's preeminent public broadcasting producer, the source of fully one-third of PBS' prime-time lineup, along with some of public television's best-known lifestyle shows and children's programs and many public radio favorites.

Vulcan Productions is the independent film production company founded by investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen in 1997.

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