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Awards honor Jeffrey Sachs, "public health heroes"

10 March 2006

ATTENTION: Reporters covering international news, Hurricane Katrina, HIV/AIDS, public health

Contact: Liese Greensfelder, Media Relations
(510) 643-7741 lieseg@berkeley.edu

"Public Health Heroes Awards," the 10th annual ceremony by the University of California, Berkeley's School of Public Health that recognizes key contributors to the protection and promotion of health.

Friday, March 17, at the Exploratorium at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. The awards reception, dinner and ceremony begin at 6:30 p.m. Depending on media requests, interviews may be scheduled elsewhere earlier in the day or between 5:15 and 5:45 p.m. at the Exploratorium.

The four awardees are:

Jeffrey Sachs, director of the United Nations Millennium Project and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University

Norman McSwain, M.D., trauma director of Charity Hospital in New Orleans. McSwain will receive an award on behalf of the many heroes of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

Robert Scott, M.D., cofounder of the AIDS Project of the East Bay and a physician specializing in HIV/AIDS who cares for about 450 people infected with HIV

San Francisco Free Clinic, a privately funded clinic supported by 160 doctors who donate time or supplies to provide comprehensive medical care to people in need

Jeffrey Sachs is known world-wide for his tireless promotion to boost aid from developed countries in order to halve global poverty by the year 2015. Currently a special advisor to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, he has advised such powerhouses on the world stage as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Norman McSwain and many others worked for five days through the heat and deteriorating conditions following Hurricane Katrina to keep Charity Hospital patients alive. Their heroic efforts were documented in the Sept. 9 New York Times.

For more information on the four awardees, please see: http://www.publichealthheroes.org/

Media access to awards ceremony by pre-arrangement only.