Media Advisory

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).


  • 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


Ministerial Press Conference


Friday, Nov. 2, 2007 at 2:00 p.m.


Natcher Conference Center Auditorium
National Institutes of Health
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Md. 20892


HHS Press Office
(202) 690-6343

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