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Monday, February 14, 2011

USAID Administrator Shah to deliver major global health address at the National Institutes of Health


USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah


11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Masur Auditorium, Clinical Center (Building 10) NIH Campus, Bethesda, Maryland

On Feb. 15th, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah will deliver the David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture at the National Institutes of Health. This is thought to be the first ever address to NIH staff at-large by a sitting USAID Administrator. In his remarks, Dr. Shah will chart a course forward for President Obama’s Global Health Initiative and issue a challenge to the development community around five transformational goals. The annual lecture is co-sponsored by Fogarty International Center and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

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The event is open to the public. Maps and information about visiting the NIH campus are available at:

For USAID interviews, please contact: Nicole Schiegg, USAID’s Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications at or (202) 712- 1706. For more information about USAID and its programs around the world, please visit .

About the Barmes Global Health Lecture

The David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture series honors the late David Edward Barmes, special expert for international health at the NIDCR. Prior to joining NIDCR, Dr. Barmes, a public health dentist and epidemiologist by training, served in senior management positions related to oral health, health promotion, and non-communicable diseases at the World Health Organization in Geneva. The lecture series was established by the NIDCR and Fogarty in 2001 to honor his lifelong dedication to research aimed at improving health for those in low-income countries.

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