Rendez-vous with Vinayak Prasad, Senior
Adviser for WHO's Africa initiative.
Thank you Vinayak for taking the
time to be with us today.
May I ask you to introduce
yourself by giving us some background (educational, professional) information
about yourself and by telling us how, when and why you got involved in tobacco
Vinayak Prasad: : Let me thank you for giving me
this opportunity to discuss the WHO project for Africa. My Background: I joined the WHO Tobacco Free
Initiative in Dec 2009 to work on the Gates Africa project.
I was working with
the Government of India for the past 20 years in different capacities in the
Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Health. Some of my initial years were spent
in working with Indian Customs, working on trade facilitation and strengthening
capacity to tackle illicit trade.
Thank you Christie for accepting our rendez-vous. May I ask you to introduce yourself?
Christie Garbe: Thank you for asking me to share a glimpse of
tobacco control efforts here in Alaska. My name is Christie Garbe and I
have served as the CEO of the American Lung Association of Alaska
(ALAA) since 1997.
This rendez-vous took place during the 2002 national tobacco control conference
in San Francisco. I want to thank the press service of the conference that made it possible.
Mike Moore is Attorney General for the state of Mississipi Jackson, Mississipi
Thank you Mike for accepting our rendez-vous. May I ask you to introduce yourself?
Mike Moore: I have spent 25 years in the public service, 15 years as
Attorney General for the state of Mississipi. I was always concerned
with the problems related with alcool and illegal drugs. When I came to
realize tobacco was the number one cause of death in our country I felt
compelled to do something about it and I still do.
Thank you Terry for accepting our rendez-vous.
May I ask you to introduce yourself ?
Terry Reid: Hello, my name is Terry Reid, and I'm the Manager of
the Washington State Department of Health's Tobacco Prevention and
Control Program. The program is new for Washington, just under two
years old, and is funded by a portion of the money the state received
from settling a lawsuit against the major tobacco companies. I have
worked in public health with state and local government for more than
20 years. My interest in tobacco issues stems from my background in
substance abuse treatment and prevention. I also enjoy being in a
position where the action is.
I hope you did not lose any loved ones in the tragedy in New
York and Washington DC. In this context it is difficult to keep the
focus on tobacco control but we are trying. Our heart goes to all who
Thank you Cynthia for accepting our rendez-vous.
May I ask you to introduce yourself ?
Cynthia Callard: I have worked on tobacco issues intermittently
since the mid 1980s - the past six years with Physicians for a
Smoke-Free Canada (PSC). PSC was established in 1985 by an energetic
group of Canadian physicians who wanted to ensure there was a constant
and watchful eye on public policy issues concerning tobacco use.
I got involved in tobacco control while I was a Swiss clinical
and research fellow in adolescent medicine at the University of
California, San Francisco and a post-graduate student in public health
at the University of California, Berkeley.
Friday, July 21 2000
Thank you Bob for accepting our rendez-vous.
May I ask you to introduce yourself?
Thank-you, Philippe, for this opportunity. I
received my BA from Marquette University and MPH degree from the
University of Arizona - College of Public Health. My career in health
includes counseling/teaching behaviorally challenged youth,
neuropsychological field research at the Johns Hopkins University,
employee worksite wellness, and tobacco control.