Saturday, November 20, 2010

World Pneumonia Day

On Tuesday, I chaired a very successful event to mark World Pneumonia Day in the Moses Room of the House of Lords, see above. Speakers included H E Mr Edward Turay, High Commissioner for Sierra Leone in the UK on Sierra Leone’s progress on child health and pneumonia; Helen Evans, Acting CEO of the GAVI Alliance, on GAVI and vaccination in the developing world: Stephen O’Brien MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development, on the UK’s support of the fight against pneumonia in the developing world, and Professor Kate O'Brien, Deputy Director of the International Vaccine Access Centre at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Afterwards, lunch with the Eritrean Ambassador, whose country is making excellent progress towards achieving the Millenium Development Goals, including particularly those on maternal and infant health.

In the evening, I spoke on behalf of the Kurdish Human Rights Project (of which I'm President) at a meeting on the Kurds of Syria, se above

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