Passport to Global Health Celebration

About the Passport to Global Health Celebration

Seattle BioMed’s annual Passport to Global Health Celebration is hailed as Seattle’s premier global health education event when hundreds gather to hear about the latest in our field and support the Annual Fund — Seattle BioMed’s sole source of unrestricted funding for infectious disease research and scientific training. Throughout the event's 10-year history, more than 5,000 people have joined Seattle BioMed to raise visibility of the need to improve health for underserved populations. In 2014, the event raised more than $500,000 to support Seattle BioMed's research.

Seattle BioMed was pleased to welcome keynote speaker Jason Beaubien, NPR Global Health and Development Correspondent. In his role at NPR, Beaubien reports on a range of health issues including the devastating, worldwide impacts of HIV, malaria and tuberculosis.  Imagine a world where people are healty. Some startling statistics:

  • More than 30% of the world's population is latently infected with the tubeculosis bacterium.
  • Nearly 500 million people get sick, and one million die from malaria each year.
  • 37.2 million adults and 2.3 million children younger than 15 are living with HIV.

At Seattle BioMed, we are committed to accelerate research to find new drugs and vaccines to combat tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS. Our scientists are utilizing new resources to find more effective ways to apply research and to eliminate the world's most devastating infectious diseases.

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Previous Passport Celebration Speakers:

2013: Nicholas Kristof, celebrated author Pulitzer Prize winning columnist at the New York Times

2012: A conversation about women's and children's health with global health experts Alan Aderem, Seattle BioMed; Helen Horton, Seattle BioMed; Patrick Duffy, NIH; and Regina Rabinovich, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Moderated by King 5 News Anchor Jean Enersen.

2011: Tachi Yamada, president of the Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

2010: Hans Rosling, founder of Gapminder

2009: Paul Farmer, founder of Partners In Health

2008: Melinda Gates, co-founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

2007: Julie Gerberding, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2006: Jeffrey Sachs, American economist and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University

2005: Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and writer of bestselling global health books