Global Health Experience to visit D.C. for the first time during “Global Health Week on the Hill”

February 26, 2013

Seattle, Wash. –The Global Health Experience, which drew thousands of visitors in Seattle, makes its first trip to Washington, D.C. this week.

Nine organizations are partnering to bring the exhibit to the East Coast in order to draw congressional focus to global health during “Global Health Week on the Hill”, February 26-March 5, 2013. Activities include a public exhibition of the Global Health Experience display in the Rayburn Building foyer, a high-level Congressional staff briefing outlining government funding and creative partnerships, a simulcast of the newly-released Global Burden of Disease Study results featuring Bill Gates, and a Congressional reception in the Global Health Experience exhibit in cooperation with the Congressional Caucuses on Global Health and Effective Foreign Assistance.

“Less than one percent of the federal budget is spent on foreign assistance. At no other time in history have we made the progress we’ve seen in the last ten years,” said Lisa Cohen, Executive Director of the Washington Global Health Alliance. “Now with funding levels in jeopardy, we risk losing critical momentum in the fight against diseases like AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. WGHA is partnering with an exceptional group of NGOs to creatively highlight the enormous impact foreign assistance has in saving millions of lives around the world.”

Monday’s Congressional staff briefing features Dr. Nils Daulaire, Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS); Rear Admiral Timothy Ziemer, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator, President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI); Julia Martin, Chief Operations Officer, President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); Col. Dr. Peter Weina, Deputy Commander, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and others. 

The Washington Global Health Alliance, along with PATH, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI), the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, World Vision, International Medical Corps, the Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation, the Global Health Council and the Global Health Technologies Coalition created “Global Health Week on the Hill” to highlight the critical role U.S. foreign assistance plays in health, security and diplomatic efforts worldwide.

The Washington Global Health Alliance builds innovative partnerships and promotes, engages and advocates for the global health sector. Learn more, www.wghalliance.org.
 
Please see below for the complete schedule of events.

Global Health Week on the Hill schedule of events

 Tuesday, February 26, 12:00-1:30 PM
Renewing US leadership: Policies to advance global health research 
(Event coordinated by the Global Health Technologies Coalition) 
Russell Building, Kennedy Caucus Room, SR 325

Monday, March 4, 2:00-7:00 PM
Global Health Experience exhibit open to the public
Rayburn Building Foyer

Monday, March 4, 2:00-4:00 PM
Congressional global health briefing 
Rayburn Building, Gold Room, 2168

Panelists:
  • Dr. Nils Daulaire, Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) 
  •  Rear Admiral Timothy Ziemer, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator, President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) 
  • Julia Martin, Chief Operations Officer, President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
  • Col. Dr. Peter Weina, Deputy Commander, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (invited)
  • Robert Clay, Deputy Assistant Administrator, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Dr. Ted Prusik, Senior Vice President, Temptime
  • Luwiza Makukula, RESULTS, Zambian TB-HIV Activist
  • Jed Hoffman, World Vision US, Senior Director, Health and HIV
  • Ann Canavan, Director of Health Policy and Practice, International Medical Corps


Tuesday, March 5, 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
Global Health Experience exhibit open to the public
Rayburn Building Foyer

Tuesday, March 5, 12:00-1:30 PM
Simulcast of new Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study results (invite only) 
live stream of Bill Gates and Dr. Christopher Murray’s Seattle launch of new, interactive GBD tool 
Rayburn Building, Room 2103

Tuesday, March 5, 5:00-7:00 PM
Congressional global health reception (invite only) 
Reception done in cooperation with the Congressional Caucuses on Global Health and Effective Foreign Assistance 
Rayburn Building Foyer 


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