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Vice President for global health at Emory, Jeffery P. Koplan, received a 2013 People's Republic of China Friendship Award.

Koplan receives China’s Friendship Award

Jeffrey P. Koplan, vice president for global health at Emory, received a 2013 People's Republic of China Friendship Award in a ceremony in Beijing on September 30. The Friendship Award is China’s highest award for foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to the country's economic and social progress.

Koplan has been involved with public health initiatives in China for more than 30 years, including the creation and development of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), tobacco control issues, the exchange of US and Chinese scientists, and five World Bank health loans for maternal and child health, medical education, rural health, immunizations, HIV/AIDS, TB, tobacco control, and chronic diseases. He has made 44 trips to China and worked in 23 provinces.

Global Health Institute curbs tobacco use in China

The Global Health Institute–China Tobacco Control Partnership (GHI–CTP) recently announced the successful results of the first three years of its Tobacco-Free Cities Program. Funded by a five-year grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the project helps reduce tobacco-related deaths and health issues by changing social norms around tobacco use in 17 Chinese cities. Following GHI-CTP’s media campaigns and community outreach, a number of cities have established smoke-free hospitals, workplaces, and schools.

New chair in sanitation and safe water

Thomas Clasen was recently appointed Rose Salamone Gangarosa Chair in Sanitation and Safe Water in the Department of Environmental Health at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health.

Clasen has consulted and worked with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, Oxfam, PATH and USAID, as well as companies in the private sector, including Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Verstergaard-Frandsen, and Medentech.

A trailblazer with regard to global health issues, Clausen is currently researching a Gates Foundation project in India and a national campaign in Rwanda.

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