Dear concerned global citizen,
On October 18th, the U.S. Senate approved a resolution by unanimous consent, designating November 2005 as the "Month of Global Health." (S. Res. 225) Read the complete resolution at www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd? bill=sr109-225 or www.govtrack.us/data/us/bills.text/ 109/sr225.pdf
In recognition of Global Health Month we encourage you to tune in to Rx for Survival — A Global Health Challenge ™ when it is broadcast on PBS. We also invite you to explore the issues further on the expanded Rx for Survival Web site and join in the various online discussions scheduled throughout the week. A schedule of selected activities beginning November 1st is below:
Disease Warriors, 9pm on PBS (check local listings)
The struggle to get vaccines to those who most need them and the search for new vaccines to combat modern diseases, like AIDS.
Rise of the Superbugs, 10pm on PBS (check local listings)
Explore the stunning successes of today's medicines and examine the growing dangers presented by new, antibiotic-resistant strains of diseases.
1pm ET on WashingtonPost.com
Discuss questions raised by the first two episodes and other global health issues with Philip J. Hilts, accomplished health and medical journalist and author of Rx for Survival: Why We Must Rise to the Global Health Challenge http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/liveonline/
Delivering the Goods, 9pm on PBS (check local listings)
Innovative health programs and charismatic leaders are inspiring a new vision for the future of global health.
Deadly Messengers, 10pm on PBS (check local listings)
Meet the heroic scientists and health workers who battle the mosquito and other vector-borne diseases.
2pm ET on WashingtonPost.com
Discuss questions raised by Wednesday's episodes and other global health issues with Andrea and Barry Coleman, Joint Chief Executives of Riders for Health
Back to the Basics, 9pm on PBS (check local listings)
Clean water, sanitation, and basic nutrition are the foundations of good health, yet people around the world have too little, or too much, access to these basic items.
How Safe Are We? 10pm on PBS (check local listings)
Remarkable health advances of the past century are under serious assault from re-emerging threats and newly discovered diseases.
2pm ET on WashingtonPost.com
Discuss questions raised by Thursday's episodes and other global health issues with Alfred Sommer, Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health from 1990-2005 and researcher focusing on the consequences and control of vitamin A deficiency and related micronutrients. www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/liveonline/
Ask the Experts:
Throughout the week, submit questions to our three panels — The Vaccination Question, International Health Aid, and The Next Pandemic? — until November 8, 2005. The expert panelists will answer a representative sample of questions, and their responses will be posted in late November.
And be sure to explore the expanded features recently launched on the Rx for Survival site, including the Global Health Atlas, a series of essays and case studies on why global health matters, downloadable educational activities, and much more.
Why Global Health Matters:
Global Health Atlas:
A multi-media project that includes a six-hour PBS television series airing November 1-3, 2005, Rx for Survival — A Global Health Challenge is a co-production of the WGBH/NOVA Science Unit and Vulcan Productions, Inc.
Rx for Child Survival — A Global Health Challenge, a project of the WGBH Educational Foundation and Vulcan Productions, Inc. in collaboration with CARE and Save the Children, and in association with The Global Health Council and UNICEF, urges Americans to get informed and involved in making a difference in the lives of young children around the world.
Major funding for Rx for Survival — A Global Health Challenge is provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Merck Company Foundation.
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