For Immediate Release
New Report Identifies Priorities and Price Tag for President Obama’s Leadership on Global Health
Media Teleconference Thursday, October 29, 2009, 10:00 AM ET
WASHINGTON - What: Media teleconference launching the report “The Future of Global Health: Ingredients
of a Bold and Effective U.S. Initiative,” by a coalition of organizations working across a
spectrum of global health issues. This is the first effort to define expectations for President
Obama’s planned Global Health Initiative (GHI) first announced by the White House in May and
now being developed through an interagency team led by Deputy Secretary of State Jacob Lew.
The report describes policy and funding needs for a U.S. government response that will help
lead the world to universal access to comprehensive healthcare in developing countries.
Note: This teleconference precedes a Capitol Hill event ‘Strategies for Global Health:
Urgent Challenges, Comprehensive Solutions,’ on Oct. 29 from 12-2 PM, Rayburn House Office
Building B-339. Please visit www.theglobalhealthinitiative.org for information and to RSVP.
Who: Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Economist, Special Advisor to UN Secretary General on the
Millennium Development Goals and Director, Earth Institute of Columbia University, will describe
the cost benefits to Americans associated with scaling up the U.S. response to the major health
challenges that cause preventable deaths in the developing world.
Dr. Peter Mugyenyi, founder and director of Uganda’s Joint Clinical Research Center,
will describe the key elements of a comprehensive U.S. strategy to confront the leading causes
of needless death in sub Saharan Africa, from the perspective of an African health care provider
The Honorable Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA), Chair, Congressional HIV
Caucus, who will be discussing the commitment within the U.S. Congress to expanding and
deepening U.S. leadership on global health.
**Additional speakers TBC**
When and How: Thursday, October 29 at 10 AM ET.
An audio playback of the teleconference will also be available.
Register to join the media teleconference by calling or emailing Kay
Marshall: +1-347-249-6375 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Embargoed copies of the report and press release will be available to registered journalists.