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World Health Organization Director-General to Speak December 6 at David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture

What:

The Fogarty International Center and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research of the National Institutes of Health jointly announce the 2004 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture. LEE Jong-wook, M.D., MPH, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), will present a talk entitled, "Health Challenges for Research in the 21st Century."

When:

Monday, December 6, 2004 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center (Building 10), 10 Center Drive, Bethesda, Maryland
The event is free and open to the public and will be videocast live at http://videocast.nih.gov.

Why:

This annual lecture series honors the late David E. Barmes, a long-standing WHO employee, special expert for international health in the Office of International Health at NIDCR, and ardent spokesperson for global health. This series was established in 2001 to honor his lifelong dedication to use research to improve health for those in the poorest countries.

This year's speaker, Dr. LEE Jong-wook, has worked at the country, regional and headquarters level of WHO for 20 years in technical, managerial and policy positions. He has led the fight against two of the greatest challenges to health and development-tuberculosis and vaccine preventable diseases of children. After heading the WHO Global Program for Vaccines and Immunizations and serving as a Senior Policy Advisor, in the year 2000 he became Director of Stop TB, a coalition of more than 250 international partners including WHO member states, donors, non-governmental organizations, industry and foundations. Dr. LEE launched the Global Drug Facility (GDF), a new initiative to increase access to TB drugs. The GDF is considered a model for increasing access to drugs for other diseases of poverty, such as HIV/AIDS and malaria.

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