UN expert speaks at UCLA on creative financing for health care in world's poorest countries

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Elaine Schmidt
(310) 794-2272
WHAT:
Dr. Philippe Douste-Blazy, undersecretary general of the United Nations, will discuss creative financing approaches to saving lives in developing countries devastated by AIDS and civil war, particularly in Africa. The lecture is hosted by the UCLA Program in Global Health at the David Geffen School of Medicine. 
 
WHO:
Widely regarded as one of the world's foremost experts on innovative financing, Douste-Blazy initiated a 1-euro tax on European airline tickets in 2006 that has raised $2 billion to treat children with AIDS. Future possibilities for raising funds include a tax on foreign-exchange transactions between banks and a tobacco tax. 
 
Douste-Blazy is chairman of UNITAID, a global partnership established by the UN and based at the World Health Organization. Its mission is to negotiate low prices for drugs for AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis and to fund their distribution to the world's poorest people. 
 
WHEN
Thursday, July 28
 
• 10:00 a.m.: media briefing
• 10:30 a.m.: lecture
• 11:30 a.m.: reception
 
WHERE:
Tamkin Auditorium (B-130) at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (map)
757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles 90095
 
R.S.V.P. | PARKING
Please R.S.V.P. by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, to reserve complimentary parking or to arrange parking for oversized media trucks.
 
MEDIA CONTACT:
Elaine Schmidt | [email protected] | 310-794-2272
Media Contact:
Elaine Schmidt
(310) 794-2272
[email protected]