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What:

A press telebriefing on a "call to action to step up the fight against vector-borne diseases in the Americas." These include recent arrivals such as West Nile virus and chikungunya and long-established diseases such as malaria, dengue, and yellow fever. Participants will urge international collaboration to control the threats from these diseases.  

Who:             

  • Dr. Tom Frieden, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Rear Adm. Tim Ziemer, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator
  • Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, Secretary for Health Surveillance of Brazil
  • Dr. Fenton Ferguson, Minister of Health of Jamaica
  • Dr. Donald R. Hopkins, VP, Health Programs, The Carter Center
  • Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director, PAHO/WHO

                                
When:         

Friday, April 4, 2014, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (WDC Time) 

Where:       

Virtual or by telephone (see connection instructions below) or in person in Washington, D.C., at PAHO/WHO headquarters, 525 23rd St., NW (four blocks from Foggy Bottom metro station).
Simultaneous launches will be held at several PAHO/WHO offices in the Americas.  
                     
Context:  

The focus of World Health Day 2014 is deadly and debilitating diseases transmitted by insects, ticks, and other vectors. These threats are increasing as mosquitoes expand into new habitats and develop resistance to drugs and insecticides. To protect our populations, health experts from PAHO/WHO, ministries of health and other partners are calling on governments, international organizations, donors, and the public to support integrated action against vector-borne diseases in the Western Hemisphere. 

How:             

Broadcast information for journalists
Option 1: dial-in

Connect 15 minutes before the session.

U.S. Toll Free:  + 1 800-875-3456
Canadian Toll Free:  + 1 800-648-0973
International:  + 1 302-607-2001

Identify yourself, provide city and country, and give the verbal passcode to the operator:

English:   VE30840
Spanish:  VS27841
 
Q&A instructions:


To ask a question:  Press *1  
To remove a question: Press #
Contact operator: Press *0   

Option 2: Blackboard
Follow this link or copy and paste it into a new browser.
 
Room English:  www.paho.org/virtual/worldhealthday
Room Spanish:  www.paho.org/virtual/diamundialdelasalud
Room Portuguese:  www.paho.org/virtual/diamundialdasaude

You can send questions through Blackboard chat. 

Option 3: livestream
Follow this link or copy and paste it into a new browser. 

English:  www.livestream.com/paho
Spanish:  www.livestream.com/opsenvivo

You can submit questions through the Livestream chat.

Twitter 
English:  @pahowho #WHD2014                
Spanish:  @opsoms #DMS2014     

You can submit questions through Twitter.
           
Links
World Health Day 2014 campaign and information
www.paho.org/WorldHealthDay2014
https://twitter.com/pahowho #WHD2014

Contacts:

Donna Eberwine-Villagran, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel. +1 202 974 3122, Mobile during call to action  +1 202 316 5469; Sebastián Oliel, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel. +1 202 974 3459, Mobile during call to action  + 1 202 316 5679; Sonia Mey-Schmidt, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel. +1 202 974 3036, Mobile during call to action +1 202 251 2646 — Communication Unit, PAHO/WHO—www.paho.org