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Silberner Speaks at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Event Date:

March 11, 2013 | 12:45 PM EDT TO 2:00 PM EDT
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When the Global Burden of Disease Survey showed that people in poor countries are hit hard by diseases usually associated with richer countries, leading US health reporter Joanne Silberner knew it would take more than statistics to reach the general public with this critical story.

In December, her five-part radio series on cancer in Haiti, Uganda and India broadcast on Public Radio International's The World. It gave the show's website its highest weekly traffic ever, and a subsequent piece on the BCC picked up 500,000 hits in a 24-hour period. Silberner recently returned from Cambodia, where she reported on rising rates of hypertension and diabetes. Silberner's field reporting was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Silberner is a freelance public radio reporter and artist-in-residence at the University of Washington. For 18 years, she covered health policy and global health for National Public Radio. She studied biology at Johns Hopkins University, earned a masters in journalism at Columbia University and spent a year as a fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Discussion introduced by Neil Pearce, Director, Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Pulitzer Center health projects director Peter Sawyer will also speak. This event is free and open to the public; no ticket required.

Monday, March 11
John Snow Lecture Theatre
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Keppel Street, London

This event is presented by the Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases, the Cancer Research UK Cancer Survival Group and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (Washington, DC).