Global Health Crises and Child Survival

TUE, OCT 18, 2005 (1:20:16)

A panel of experts discuss the global health crisis, focusing on child survival. This lecture is part two in a three part series of discussions from the National Press Foundation's "Increasing Health Risks in Our Globalized World: A Conference for Journalists."

Within discussions of increasing health risks in a globalized world, Nils Daulaire, president and CEO, Global Health Council, provides an overview of global health crises. Neff Walker, senior project officer of the Strategic Information Section at UNICEF and coauthor of a Lancet study analyzing the costs involved in saving six million children annually, talks about child survival worldwide. Jeffrey Griffiths, MD MPH&TM, and director of graduate programs in public health at Tufts School of Medicine, discusses the threat posed by waterborne diseases and contaminated and stagnant water. Colleen Mone Hardy, a field epidemiologist with the International Rescue Committee, adds from-the-ground assessments, focusing on how Katrina compares with other health crises.

+ BIO: Nils Daulaire

Nils Daulaire is president and CEO of the Global Health Council, the world's largest membership alliance dedicated to saving lives by improving health throughout the world. Before assuming leadership of the Council, Dr. Daulaire served as the senior international health advisor to President Bill Clinton, developing an integrated global strategy that encompassed programs totaling over $1 billion annually. He was the U.S. lead negotiator on health at the Cairo International conference on Population and Development in 1994, the Beijing World Conference on Woman in 1995 and the Rome World Food Summit in 1996. He represented the US at five World Health Organization (WHO) annual assemblies.

Dr. Daulaire's research interests focus on child health and survival. He has provided technical assistance to more than 20 countries in all regions of the world and speaks seven languages. A Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Daulaire received his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1976 with residency training in family medicine at the University of Colorado. He received his master's in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in 1978.

+ BIO: Jeffrey Griffiths

Associate Professor, Department of Public Health and Family Medicine Adjunct Associate Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Engineering Dr. Griffiths' research includes: - The human, animal, and environmental epidemiology of the emerging pathogen Cryptosporidium; - Development of an ultrastable measles vaccine for use where there are is no refrigeration or during emergencies; - the influence of malnutrition and environmental factors, such as air pollution and heavy metals, on common infectious diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia. - Dr. Griffiths has a long interest in waterborne diseases, ranging from research on the biology of the pathogens to their epidemiology and to public policy and regulation.

+ BIO: Colleen Mone Hardy

Colleen Mone Hardy is a field epidemiologist with the International Rescue Committee, a non-governmental organization that provides humanitarian assistance, protection and resettlement services to refugees and victims of armed conflict. In this position, she provides technical support to International Rescue Committee's health programs in a number of countries. Colleen has worked in a variety of humanitarian settings with the IRC, the World Food Program (WFP) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Africa and S.East Asia. She represented IRC on an interagency assessment team, which included US military, UN and Non-governmental agencies, off the west coast of Sumatra Island, following the tsunami. She is currently working in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with a five member IRC team, assisting with a number of assessments.

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