The Partnership Director participates in BBC Global Health Debate

29 November 2008 - BBC World News television is broadcasting a Global Health Debate today with a panel of global health and development leaders. The special debate is the culmination of an eight part global health documentaries broadcast this October and November as part of the BBC World News "Survival" series. Three of the documentaries focused on maternal, newborn health, child survival, and pneumonia - a leading killer disease of children under five.

The Director of the Partnership, Dr Francisco Songane, is participating in the Global Health Debate along with Clare Short, former UK Secretary of State for International Development, Dr Tadataka Yamada, President for Global Health Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr Julian Lob-Levyt, Executive Secretary of the GAVI Alliance, and Dr Mukesh Kapila, Special Representative for HIV/AIDS of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The programme is being moderated by Zeinab Badawi, BBC World News presenter. The programme will be shown on BBC World News at 0710 ,1510, 2010 GMT on Saturday 29 November and at 0110, 0710, 1510, 2010 GMT on Sunday 30 November.

Dr Francisco Songane contributed a video podcast to the "Survival" series to raise awareness on the heavy toll of maternal, newborn and child deaths in developing countries and key actions needed to prevent them. "What is shown and debated through the "Survival" documentaries is extremely telling and compelling," said Dr Songane. "The realities mothers, women and children face and the simple solutions the community health workers deliver are so impressively portrayed in the films and I hope these films will be shared with much wider audiences," he said. The "Survival" series were also screened at events in London, Paris, Berlin and Tokyo to raise awareness and encourage debate among global health experts, policy makers and community representatives. The series include advocacy videos, briefing materials and expert podcasts that are available from the "Survival" website. The series were produced by Rockhopper TV for BBC World News.