Department of Health and Human Services
For Immediate Release
November 2, 2007
HHS Press Office

For Friday, November 2, 2007


Health Ministers to Hold Press Conference at Close of Global Health Security Meeting in Washington
Health ministers from eight allied nations, the European Union, and the World Health Organization will hold a press conference Friday to review the progress they have made during the Global Health Security Initiative (GSHI) Ministerial Meeting in Washington, D.C. Throughout the week, health ministers, senior officials, and technical experts have engaged in a series of discussions and workshops to help decide how best to address the threats of bioterrorism, infectious disease, and other public-health risks.

The GHSI originated following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the subsequent anthrax attacks, when the U.S. Government called for the establishment of a regular, formal opportunity for the health ministers of the major industrialized nations and its immediate neighbors to meet and exchange ideas. This is the first time the U.S. has hosted the meeting.

GHSI members are the Ministers of Health from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom; the Secretaries of Health from Japan, México, and the United States; the Health Commissioner of the European Union (EU); and the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Who: The Honorable Mike Leavitt, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
The Right Honorable Tony Clement, MP, Minister of Health, Canada
The Honorable Markos Kyprianou, Esq. Commissioner for Health, European Commission
The Honorable Ulla Schmidt, Federal Minister of Health, Federal Republic of Germany
The Honorable José Angel Córdova-Villalobos, M.D., Secretary of Health, Mexico
The Right Honorable Dawn Primarolo, MP, Minister of State for Public Health, United Kingdom
Dr. Donato Greco, Head, Department of Prevention and Communication, Ministry of Health, Italy
The Honorable Kenta Matsunami, Parliamentary Secretary for Health Labor and Welfare, Japan
Dr. Anarfi Asamoah-Baah, Deputy Director-General, World Health Organization
What: Ministerial Press Conference
When: Friday, Nov. 2, 2007 at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Natcher Conference Center Auditorium
National Institutes of Health
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Bethesda, Md. 20892
Contact: HHS Press Office
(202) 690-6343

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