Swine Flu – JMSC’s Thomas Abraham @ the FCC – Feb 1

Director of the Public Health Media Project and Assistant Professor, Thomas Abraham, will talk about the Swine Flu Pandemic at a Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong luncheon on Monday, February 1.

Abraham spent last year at the World Health Organisation in Geneva, and was head of news at the Director General’s office when the pandemic broke out. Working closely with the Director General, Dr Margaret Chan, he was involved in both briefing the press as well as in policy making.

He will share his experiences of what the H1N1 pandemic looked like from the inside, and also expand on how this health issue is evolving.

Thomas Abraham is a former editor of the South China Morning Post. Prior to joining the SCMP, he spent 13 years as a foreign correspondent based in Sri Lanka, the United Nations Office in Geneva, and London for one of India’s leading newspapers, The Hindu. He is the author of Twenty First Century Plague, the Story of SARS.

Abraham is teaching Reporting Health and Medicine at the JMSC this semester. The course covers the basic principles of health reporting and looks at the background of the virulent strain of flu. Students will examine H1N1 as a case study, listening in over the telephone to WHO press conferences and reporting the stories as they happen. Some of the topics covered in his course will be touched upon in his FCC lecture Inside the Swine Flu Pandemic.
$150 (MEMBERS)    $180 (GUESTS)

Reservations – FCC reception – Tel:  2521 1511 – Fax 2868 4092 – e-mail: concierge@fcchk.org