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Special International Session

For all persons engaged in international public health, please plan to attend a special series of presentations and panel discussion, Thursday, at 10:00 AM in Rio Vista G.

Featured Speakers

Martin Edlund, Executive Director, Malaria No More

Presentation: "Malaria: A New Model for Disease Eradication"

Martin Edlund is a founding member and Chief Executive Officer of Malaria No More, a globally recognized non-profit organization with the visionary mission to end the world’s oldest, deadliest disease in our lifetimes. During his tenure at Malaria No More, he has built a world-class board of directors and teams in the US, Africa, and India with affiliates in the UK and Japan. He has led strategies to mobilize political will, global influencers, and executives of leading media, mobile, and medical companies to deliver the resources and innovations to end malaria. Mr. Edlund has been instrumental in shaping the narrative of the complex and evolving issue of malaria for leadership audiences across the globe, beginning with his work around the White House Summit on Malaria. Edlund also lived and worked in West Africa as Malaria No More’s Director of New Programs, where he helped launch innovative net distribution, testing and education campaigns with country leadership and local partners in Senegal, Cameroon, and Chad. Prior to joining MNM, Martin was a journalist for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The New Republic, among other publications, and a political consultant in Washington, D.C., specializing in online campaign strategies. He is a graduate of Harvard University.

Dr. Ananda S. Bandyopadhyay, Senior Program Officer – Polio Global Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA.

Presentation: “Polio Endgame: Innovations in Surveillance”.

Dr. Ananda Bandyopadhyay considers himself a foot-soldier in the battle to eradicate diseases. Ananda grew up in Kolkata, India and completed his medical graduation from Calcutta National Medical College & Hospital (2005). He received his Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Global Health from Harvard School of Public Health (2010). In between (2006 – 2009), he worked for the polio eradication initiative in India as a Surveillance Medical Officer with National Polio Surveillance Project, WHO and contributed to India’s successful and historic polio elimination effort and measles surveillance initiatives. He worked as an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist at Rhode Island State Department of Health, US for two years, before joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2012. As a Senior Program Officer at the Gates Foundation, he supports global polio vaccine research and product development initiatives across multiple countries and geographies, including South Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe. His research is focused on generating data regarding the best use of polio vaccines to make them affordable and accessible to vulnerable and underserved populations. He is also involved in enhancing and expanding polio environmental surveillance globally with newer tools and diagnostics. His work on immunogenicity of new polio vaccines, endgame vaccination schedules and surveillance methodologies have been impactful in global policy formulation and have been published in leading peer-reviewed Journals. Ananda is also associated with advanced degree programs in public health and vaccinology in several globally renowned teaching venues as a guest faculty.

Dr. Haraprasad Pattnaik, Director of Health Services, Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Odisha, India.

Presentation: “Odisha State’s Malaria Reduction Success – Role of Information for Action”

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